INJURY PREVENTION: BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES THEORIES AND APPLICATIONS Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesUpon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the role of behavioral sciences and behavior change within a comprehensive approach to preventing unintentional injury and violence; 2. Critically examine the breadth of work that has been done applying behavioral science theory to the problems of injury and violence; 3. Apply concepts from behavioral sciences to designing injury prevention programs and/or research to address an injury or violence problem. This course is not an introductory behavioral sciences course. Consistent with the course objectives, the focus is on the application of behavioral sciences theories and principles to specific injury problems. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills needed for conducting behavioral research and developing injury prevention interventions.
Expands students’ understanding of the role of behavioral sciences theories and methods in addressing the public health problem of injury. Both unintentional and intentional injuries have been the focus of a considerable body of behavioral science research and behavior change interventions. Students read and discuss selected examples of this work and enhance their skills in applying behavioral science theory and methods to research and practice in an injury area of interest to them. Topics include: historical overview of behavior and injury; behavioral risk factors, and examples of behavior change approaches to selected injury and violence problems; risk perceptions and their role in communicating about injury and violence prevention; and the application of specific theories (e.g., diffusion of innovations, community mobilization, stages of change) to a range of injury problems.
Master's and doctoral students interested in the public health problems of unintentional and violent injuries and the application of behavioral sciences theories to research and practice.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Class participation and final paper.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
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.
Disability Support Services
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