380.749.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
Th 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Maria Trent
    Anne Burke
    Maria Trent
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Identify a range of social scientific research approaches adopted by public health agencies
    • Identify a range of public health agencies where social science research is conducted
  • Course Description
    Explores key topics in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH). Topics range from the impact of adolescent physical, sexual, and social development on sexual risk-taking behavior to policy and ethical issues influencing adolescent sexual health outcomes. Using a public health framework, important clinical topics such as contraception, teen pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted infections are discussed from a domestic and global perspective.
  • Intended Audience
    Students interested in adolescent reproductive health topics.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Group Assignment with written prep work (30%) Short written assignment (30%) Final Presentation (30%) Participation (10%)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Assignment Descriptions and Guidelines:
    • Assignment 1: Group Debate. Students will be assigned to groups in sessions 4/13 and 5/4 to debate issues related to one of 2 topics: teen pregnancy (Group A), and Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) as first-line contraception for teens (Group B).  Each student will be assigned to ONE debate. The “pro” and “con” teams for each debate will be assigned within each group. Team size and specific debate structure will depend on the number of students enrolled in the class. Students will be expected to complete required reading, conduct additional literature searches as needed, discuss the topic in their groups, and participate in a debate on the assigned date with students who are assigned the opposing view.  Each student will submit a 1 page typed summary of their individual prep work for the debate at the beginning of the class period. This assignment will be worth 30% of the class grade (30 points). The group presentation and the summary of individual prep work will each account for half of the debate grade.  
    • Assignment 2: Op-Ed. Students will select a topic by week 2 of the term, and prepare a 3-5 page assignment. The topic for any of these assignments will be a policy or legislative issue relevant to ASRH. The topic may be drawn from one of the class sessions, or may be based on another relevant topic of the student’s choosing. This will be worth 30 points and will be an individual assignment.  This will be due April 18.
    • Assignment 3: Oral presentation. Each student will prepare and deliver a short oral presentation on an ASRH topic relevant to an issue discussed during the class sessions. The exact length of the presentation will depend on the number of students enrolled in the class, but should not exceed 15 minutes. We expect all presentations to be delivered on the last day of class, 5/16. This presentation will be worth 30 points.
  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    No prerequisites

  • 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.

  • Course topics



    Discussion/Activity/Topic/Speaker/Lecture Learning Objective






    Course Overview/Introductions

    Biosocial Perspectives on Adolescent Sexual Risk Reduction

    Sexual Development & Relationships in GLBTQ Youth


    Jacinda Dariotis


    Renata Sanders



    Issues in Teen Pregnancy

    Writing Op-ed/Editorials

    Laurie Zabin

    Guest: Pat Paluzzi (Healthy Teen Network)

    Jenny Robinson/Krishna Upadhya



    Contraception for Adolescents

    Adolescent Male Health

    Anne Burke

    Guest: Cassandra Davis (BCHD)

     Arik Marcell



    Adolescent Sexuality Identity Formation (Female)

    Sexually Transmitted Infections


    Op-Ed Due

    Deborah Tolman

    Maria Trent

    William Smith (NCSD)


     Op-Ed Due



    Sexual Health Policy in the United States


    Deborah Arrindell (ASHA)

    Freya Sonenstein




    Group A: Teen Pregnancy

    Group B: LARC as First Line Contraception for Teens






    International Sexual Health

    Group Discussion/Support for Final Presentations


    Michelle Hindin



    Final Student Presentations

    Wrap-up & Evaluations



  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    1. Recognize the challenges unique to addressing sexual and reproductive health in adolescents and the intersection of biological and social determinants of adolescent risk-seeking and avoidance
    2. Articulate state and federal policy issues related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health
    3. Understand international variations in demographic and sexual health risks for adolescents
    4. Evaluate how changes in historical and cultural norms and biological development impact teen pregnancy over time
    5. Describe several contraceptive methods and evaluate their appropriateness for use among adolescents
    6. Identify the sexual and reproductive health issues specific to adolescent males, including relationship negotiation and sexuality
    7. Discuss epidemiology and political issues related to adolescent abortion, and describe methods of abortion
    8. Discuss how sexually transmitted infections complicate sexual health for adolescents
    9. Synthesize information on an adolescent reproductive health issue and prepare a position statement relevant to this issue
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