410.614.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 4 Credit(s)
MTWTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Paul Gaist
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • both assess and improve public health
    • identify and discuss the major factors influencing health and public health today
    • explain and apply how systems thinking and multi-dimensional frameworks are new and effective public health approaches
    • at a basic level, be able to identify, construct and/or deconstruct such systems and frameworks
    • outline and develop improved research, program and/or policy formulations designed to address contemporary public health issues through the perspectives, tools and approaches introduced in this course
  • Course Description
    Emphasizes real world integrative thinking, tools, and solutions in the pursuit of improving public health in the U.S. and internationally. Presents a global, multifaceted examination of health and illness, exploring the many factors that influence - or even determine - whether we remain healthy or become ill. Using biopsychosocial and environmental/ecological perspectives, explores the most prevalent diseases and health challenges confronting us today. Presents emerging views of health and illness being used in research, program and policy arenas. Examines factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, stress, stigma, social support, coping, and politico-cultural influences through an array of contemporary issues, including: obesity, HIV/AIDS, women's health, bioterrorism, environmental public health, mental health and others. Presents innovative social and behavioral perspectives, tools and approaches.
  • Intended Audience
    MPH and other students interested in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on paper

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Grading will be based on class participation and a final paper.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Required textbook:

    Title: Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health

    Gaist, Paul A. (Ed.)

    1st Edition, 2009, XXVI, 406 p. 48 illus., Hardcover

    ISBN: 978-0-387-98156-7

    (Textbook is available through several sources including www.amazon.comand http://www.springer.com/public+health/book/978-0-387-98156-7; this is also a good resource/reference book to have for beyond the course itself) 


    Suggested textbook:

    Title: Social Epidemiology

    Berkman and Kawachi (Eds.)


    ISBN: 0-19-508331-8

    (Textbook is available through several sources including www.amazon.com; this is also a good resource/reference book to have for beyond the course itself)


  • 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

    Victoria Chau, course TA
    Email: vchau@jhsph.edu

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.