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Schools and Health

East Baltimore
2nd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Beth Marshall

Schools are a crucial partner for public health to promote the equitable health and development of children and adolescents. Working with schools on health service delivery, health promotion and prevention programs, and research requires public health practitioners and researchers to understand the the policies, programs, and practices of public education in the United States. This course will expose students to school health frameworks and local, state, and national experts in all areas of comprehensive models of school health.

Highlights schools as public health contexts in three ways: shaping development and behavioral outcomes of youth, delivery of health information and services, and research. Explores the school context using the ten-component Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Requires students to visit a school and explore the practical program implementation challenges related to provision and promotion of health in a school setting. Examines the research on the impact school health programs have on the health and wellbeing of school-age children using WSCC framework. Explores conducting research in schools and how that impacts knowledge of what works in school contexts through combination of introductory lectures, discussion, presentations, and a school site visit.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the relationship between reciprocal relationship between health and education
  2. Analyze the structure and function of school health frameworks (including the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community framework)
  3. Analyze how each of the WSCC components contributes to the health and academic outcomes of students, schools, families, and/or communities
  4. Critically reflect on the integration of health and education in a local school district
  5. Analyze the current debate over school reopening in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  6. Identify the methodological challenges to conducting research and program evaluation in the school context
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 22% Participation
  • 61% Assignments
  • 17% School opening debates

Enrollment Restriction:

Auditors not permitted

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students

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Special Comments:

This is the onsite section of a course also held virtual/online. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.