About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE AT THE INDIVIDUAL, HOUSEHOLD AND COMMUNITY LEVELS (224.689.01), a course offered by the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Provides students with conceptual tools to analyze health-related behaviors and the social, cultural and environmental context in which they occur. Applies concepts and theories drawn from medical anthropology, psychology and sociology to programmatic examples from Latin America, Africa and Asia concerning care-seeking, treatment of sick children, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, voluntary counseling and testing, sexual risk behaviors, intimate partner violence and other behavior change challenges in public health.

Additional Faculty Notes:

Teaching Assistants

  • Erica Koegler ekoegler@jhsph.edu
  • Kerry Scott keescott@jhsph.edu
  • Ginny Fonner vtedrow@jhsph.edu
  • Sarah Dalglish sdalglis@jhsph.edu 
  • Lauren Ellis lredston@jhsph.edu


Course Learning Objectives

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

  • describe conceptual tools drawn from medical anthropology pertinent to design of behavior change interventions including standards of efficacy, illness taxonomies, illness etiology, levels of causality, meanings of medication, public and private domains,
  • identify and map the key components of common models of health behavior change at the individual level, and difficulties encountered when trying to apply them in different cultural contexts
  • describe psychological and anthropological perspectives on risk perceptions, and models of diffusion of innovations and influence of the mass media and apply to specific case studies
  • be familiar with basic terminology for describing households, kinship systems, communities and social capital and identify their significance for public health interventions
  • Discuss the basic components of the intervention modalities, including Social Marketing, Peer Education, Counseling, Harm Reduction, Diffusion of Innovation, and Community Mobilization
  • integrate the major theories covered in class with the various interventions modalities presented
  • apply appropriate combinations of theoretically based intervention modalities to case studies

Additional Course Objective(s):


Course Time

Tue Thu   8:30 AM to 10:20 AM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

MSPH and PhD students in Social and Behavioral Interventions Program, Dept International Health; MPH students in Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration; students interested in implementing behavior change interventions in diverse cultural settings

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation is based on five 2-page discussion papers based on issues raised in discussion groups, and a final written assignment

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Additional Faculty Notes:

Please see the information on assignments posted in the Class Sessions.  The information here is not up to date.

Administrative Contact

Peter Winch
E-mail: pwinch@jhsph.edu