This is a hands-on course in which you will learn to develop theory-informed and evidence-based communication strategies for adolescent sexual risk reduction. This course is participatory: students will be encouraged to share their experiences. However, I will lead most of the sessions with PowerPoint presentations prepared based on relevant literature on theory and practice. Be prepared to learn and be challenged to rethink your views about what communication can or cannot do!
This course is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of sexual risk-taking. It provides a solid foundation in communication strategies for sexual risk-reduction from an international perspective. The literature and examples for the course emphasize HIV, STI and teen pregnancy risk reduction. The course adopts a seminar format and consists in readings, discussions, presentations, video viewing, case studies, and critiques of literature on sexual risk-taking and protective behaviors. In addition, the course includes hands-on literature review and/or secondary analysis of existing data on sexual risk-taking and development of a communication strategy. This year, students will be sel-select into working groups for the purpose of data analysis/literature review and strategy development. The analysis/literature review will focus on Haiti, South Africa, Russia and Haiti. Students will select a country and a health topic early in the course.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
MPH, MHS and doctoral students interested in health communication.
Additional Faculty Notes:
Other Master-level students are also welcome. They have found it very useful in the past!
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