410.616.11 | AY 2012-2013 - Summer Inst. Term | 4 Credit(s)
MTWThF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    David Jernigan
  • 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 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.
  • Intended Audience
    MPH students and others interested in the topic
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on a take-home midterm and a final paper.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Amelia Buttress

  • Disability Support Services
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