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Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavior Change Strategies


East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Andrea Gielen



To improve skills in creating injury and violence prevention studies and programs for individuals, groups, and communities, using principles and best practices from behavioral science.

Expands students’ understanding of, and skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating injury and violence prevention programs and intervention trials. Both unintentional and intentional injuries have been the focus of a considerable body of behavioral science research and behavior change interventions. Students read and discuss selected examples of this work and enhance their skills in applying behavioral science principles and best practices to an injury or violence area of interest to them. Topics include historical overview of behavior change and the injury prevention field, as well as examples of behavior change theories, strategies, and methods that have been applied to selected injury and violence problems.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the role of behavioral sciences and behavior change within a comprehensive approach to preventing unintentional injury and violence
  2. Critically examine a selection of work that has been done applying behavioral sciences to the problems of injury and violence
  3. Apply behavior change principles and best practices to designing injury prevention programs and/or research to address an injury or violence problem
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Discussion
  • 25% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required