About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH (410.616.11), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Lectures, readings and small group discussions examine the impact of social and behavioral factors on health and what can be done to influence them. The first half covers major social factors influencing health and behavior; the second outlines modes of interventions used in the prevention of disease and injury at a variety of levels.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the role of social and behavioral factors in shaping global mortality and morbidity
  • Apply an ecological perspective to health problems
  • Display basic literacy with key concepts of a social and behavioral approach to public health, including culture, race/ethnicity, gender, poverty/disparities, factors related to individual behavior change, community empowerment and structural policy change
  • Identify and critique individual versus environmental approaches to health
  • Make a case for the importance of focusing on social and behavioral factors as part of a comprehensive public health strategy

Course Time

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri   1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

MPH students and others interested in the topic

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on a take-home midterm and a final paper.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

David Jernigan
E-mail: djernigan@jhsph.edu