About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for INTERPERSONAL INFLUENCE IN MEDICAL CARE (410.652.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Course Description

Focuses on the patient-provider relationship and its social, cognitive, attitudinal, behavioral, and clinical correlates. Discusses communication during the medical encounter; professional preparation and socialization; patient expectations for care and emerging consumerist trends; and evaluation of physician performance in relation to patient and provider outcomes. Emphasizes patient recall, compliance, utilization, and clinical outcomes.

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Course Learning Objectives

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

  • discuss theoretical models of the patient-provider relationship
  • describe the effect of patient identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, age, health status and literacy on physician – patient communication
  • describe the effect of physician identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, and experience on physician – patient communication
  • gain insight into the lived experience of patients and physicians through the reading of a “patient pathography” and analysis of the power of narratives
  • explain the structure and functions of the medical visit and the nature of the medical dialogue in routine medical care from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective
  • discuss patient and physician interventions to enhance the medical dialogue and effectiveness of care

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Course Time

Mon   1:30 PM to 3:20 PM

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Course Faculty
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Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Two brief papers

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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