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Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 06/14/2021 - Tue 06/29/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Michelle Kaufman

Lectures, readings and small group discussions examine the impact of social and behavioral factors on health and what can be done to influence them. The first half covers major social factors influencing health and behavior; the second outlines modes of interventions used in the prevention of disease and injury at a variety of levels.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the role of social and behavioral factors in shaping global mortality and morbidity
  2. Apply an ecological perspective to health problems
  3. Display basic literacy with key concepts of social and behavioral aspects of public health: culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, poverty/disparities, factors related to individual behavior change, community empowerment and structural policy change
  4. Identify and critque individual versus environmental approaches to health
  5. Make a case for the importance of focusing on social and behavioral factors as part of a comprehensive public health strategy
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Participation
  • 35% Midterm Paper
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course offered remotely.