About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for CHILDREN, MEDIA, AND HEALTH (410.752.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Participants examine childrens use of media and its impact on health. Using a developmental perspective, this course considers different aged children (from preschoolers to teenagers), multiple media formats (print, radio, television, computer games and the internet) and various health concerns (food preferences, consumerism, smoking, violence, weight, and sexuality).

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Be able to characterize the developmental stages of childhood, from infancy through adolescence
  • discuss what types of media children use during these different developmental stages
  • Become familiar and use different research methodologies used in Health Communication
  • Perform an exercise where they do Content Analyses and two qualitative Interviews
  • Identify and critique important elements that determine the positive and negative qualities of media used by children and adolescents
  • Assess different media, including print, video, and computer technology
  • Learn about and evaluate how theories and frameworks underlie the successful production of children’s media, focusing on Social Cognitive Theory
  • Assess how other theories (especially Cultivation Theory and Uses and Gratification Theory) suggest the media impacts the behavior of children and adolescents

Course Time

Mon   9:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

PFHS students, HPM students, MPH students and other PH students interested in topic.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Three exercises and class participation.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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