221.627 – Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries (A. Creanga, M. Munos) Designed so that students understand the clinical and social causes of high maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Exposes students to the clinical, program and policy interventions that address these issues, and evaluates the strength of the evidence supporting these interventions. Offers practical exercises for students to: 1.) understand the scope and epidemiology of both maternal and neonatal problems, and 2.) design and assess programmatic responses to address them. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base to be able to contribute to program and policy responses with an informed perspective to avert maternal and newborn deaths in different contexts.
380.600 – Principals of Population Change (S. Bell) Provides students with a basic understanding of the field of demography—the study of human populations and how they change by birth, death, and migration. Examines how and why birth and death rates change, and how governments and other groups attempt to take into account the effects of birth rates, death rates, and migration on public health, the economy, the environment, and other aspects of human well-being.
380.603.01 / 380.603.81– Demographic Methods for Public Health (ME Hughes) Teaches students the basic methods demographers use to describe populations and analyze population change. Introduces the concept of a population, describes the demographic approach to populations, and identifies sources of population data. Covers four sets of methods with broad applicability in public health: 1) techniques for describing population composition, distribution, and growth; 2) methods to compare populations (age-period-cohort approaches and standardization and decomposition of rates); 3) single-decrement life tables; and 4) the cohort-component method for population projection. Also covers the basic tools used to study the fundamental population processes of fertility, mortality, and migration.
380.604.01 / 380.604.81 – Life Course Perspectives on Health (ME Hughes, C. Minkovitz) Teaches students to frame public health issues using a multilevel, life course perspective. Provides a conceptual framework with which to understand the development of health over time and the interrelated effects of biological, psychological, and social factors on health. Elaborates and illustrates the framework by considering health in specific life stages, highlighting multilevel, life course influences on health, processes by which social influences “get under the skin”, and multilevel, life course approaches to research and practice. Students create a conceptual framework illustrating the application of the framework to a public health outcome their choice.
380.623.81Adolescent Health and Development (R. Blum) Lectures on research findings and issues present biological, psychological, and social aspects of normal adolescent growth and development as a framework for viewing a variety of adolescent health problems and their social and biological effects. Also considers programmatic needs of the adolescent.
380.624.01- 380.624.81 – Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs (C. Minkovitz, S. Riese) Analyzes the structure, organization, administration and management of social and health service programs serving the maternal and child health populations. Lectures, discussions, and analysis of current research and practice present the goals and impact of national programs such as Title V MCH/CSHCN, Medicaid/CHIP, Head Start, Family Planning, WIC/Nutrition, community/migrant health centers, child welfare, and of privately sponsored programs.
380.625.01 – Evidence and Opportunities to Mitigate Childhood Adversity and Promote Well-Being (C. Bethell) Examines conceptual and epidemiological issues related to chronic illnesses and disabling conditions of childhood, including social and personal attitudes; epidemiology of serious health conditions; chronic illness or disability in the context of child and family development; implementing and evaluating community based programs; and the structure, function, administration, and management of major US governmental programs that serve children with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
380.640.01 – Children in Crisis: An Asset-Based Approach to Working With Vulnerable Youth (B. Marshall, T. Powell) Uses experienced practitioners, community leaders, and community members to expose students to a wide range of domestic youth welfare issues and interventions through an asset lens. Using an asset-based approach, the class highlights domestic youth challenges (e.g., disconnection, homelessness, LGBTQ status and justice involvement) and aims to expose students to thoughts, voices, and perspectives from a variety of different backgrounds. Class sessions feature ample discussion, expert lecturers, youth voices, and an examination of existing programs in and out of Baltimore City.
380.661.01 – Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Neonatal Health (P. Donohue, D. Strobino) Presents morbidity and mortality in the mother, fetus, and newborn and the health care practices utilized to prevent, diagnose, and treat this morbidity. Guest speakers in clinical care present lectures from the clinical perspective; course instructors present the public health perspective.
380.665.01 – Family Planning Policies and Programs (S. Radloff, L. Zimmerman) Introduces issues and programmatic strategies related to the development, organization, and management of family planning programs, especially those in developing countries. Topics include social, economic, health, and human rights rationale for family planning; identifying and measuring populations in need of family planning services; social, cultural, political, and ethical barriers; contraceptive methods and their programmatic requirements; strategic alternatives, including integrated and vertical programs and public and private sector services; information, education, and communication strategies; management information systems; and the use of computer models for program design.
380.720.01 – Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond (A. Marcell) Focuses on male health with particular attention to sexual and reproductive health and healthcare use among adolescents, extending throughout the lifespan. Assesses the principal health concerns for sexual and reproductive health, the associated population-based risk factors, and the relative impact of each risk factor. Students critically examine the meaning of masculinity and the impact of masculinity beliefs on males’ health and healthcare use. Students also evaluate strategies to promote population health including the policies and programs or health care delivery that address health concerns and behavior for male sexual and reproductive health.
380.721.01 – Schools and Health (B. Marshall) 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.
380.725.01 – Social Context of Adolescent Health (T. Williams Powell) Recognizes the social ecological model, social determinants of health framework and the life course perspective as tools to understand adolescent health. Explores the influences of contexts, such as the families and neighborhoods, on adolescent health and well-being. Examines empirical work to consider the role of context in prevention and interventions aimed at adolescents. Integrates service-learning opportunities with traditional learning pedagogies to address adolescent health.
380.747.81 – International Adolescent Health (K. Mmari and R. Blum) Focuses on the major health issues that affect adolescents and the effective interventions/policies to address these issues in the developing world. Explores the meaning and health of adolescence from various contexts around the world through lectures, readings, video clips, panels, and discussions.
380.749.01 – Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (A. Burke, M. Trent) Explores key topics in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH). Topics range from the impact of adolescent physical, sexual, and social development on sexual risk-taking behavior to policy and ethical issues influencing adolescent sexual health outcomes. Using a public health framework, important clinical topics such as contraception, teen pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted infections are discussed from a domestic and global perspective.
380.760.01 – Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health (A. Burke) Provides a comprehensive presentation of several clinical disease processes affecting women’s reproductive health. Topics include contraception, cervical cancer screening, STI, menopause and incontinence. Uses traditional lecture materials, selected readings, and in-class discussion. Focuses not only on the clinical aspect of the disease, but the health policy implications on women’s health.
380.761.01/380.761.81 – Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice (J. Jennings, A. Rompalo) Provides a comprehensive and current synthesis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and globally. Examines biologic, behavioral, social, and epidemiologic aspects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Focuses, throughout the course, on the diverse factors that contribute to STI prevention and control. Discusses how biologic and behavioral factors influence preventability and control of STIs. Introduces a number of STI prevention and control interventions with an emphasis on evaluation of these interventions. Data-focused and driven by current research study findings and surveillance data. Particularly focuses on considering strengths and weakness of various data sources and study designs and on thinking critically about what’s going on ‘behind the numbers.
380.762.81 – HIV Infection in Women, Children and Adolescents (H. Brahmbhatt) Presents the epidemiology of AIDS and HIV infection, risk factors, and social context for women, children, and adolescents, demonstrating how the epidemic in these three populations are linked biologically, epidemically, socially, and politically. Discusses prevention issues, the theoretical bases of prevention programs, and programatic and policy issues. Emphasizes the epidemiological and behavioral factors that have shaped the current epidemic of HIV infection. Expert guest speakers present their work.
380.771.01 – Understanding International Reproductive Health Policy (D. Gillespie, B. Fredrick) Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, especially international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policymaking processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Case studies are used to analyze policies. Focues on FP2020, the international partnership launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructors present an “insider’s” perspective for most cases and will draw heavily on Advance Family Planning (AFP), a multi-country advocacy initiative. Training in the AFP SMART approach to advocacy is a core part of the course.
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