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A New View: Improving Public Health Through Innovative Social and Behavioral Tools and Approaches


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Tue 05/31/2022 - Fri 06/03/2022
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Paul Gaist

Emphasizes real world integrative thinking, tools, and solutions in the pursuit of improving public health in the U.S. and internationally. Presents a global, multifaceted examination of health and illness, exploring the many factors that influence - or even determine - whether we remain healthy or become ill. Using biopsychosocial and environmental/ecological perspectives, explores the most prevalent diseases and health challenges confronting us today. Presents emerging views of health and illness being used in research, program and policy arenas. Examines factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, stress, stigma, social support, coping, and politico-cultural influences through an array of contemporary issues, including: obesity, HIV/AIDS, women's health, bioterrorism, environmental public health, mental health and others. Presents innovative social and behavioral perspectives, tools and approaches.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Both assess and improve public health
  2. Identify and discuss the major factors influencing health and public health today
  3. Explain and apply how systems thinking and multi-dimensional frameworks are new and effective public health approaches
  4. At a basic level, identify, construct and/or deconstruct such systems and frameworks
  5. Outline and develop improved research, program and/or policy formulations designed to address contemporary public health issues through the perspectives, tools and approaches introduced in this course
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 20% Assignments
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required