410.618.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Lawrence Wissow
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain the role of theory in explaining health behavior and behavior change, including its application to public health interventions
    • Take a challenging health behavior and describe from multiple theoretical vantage points the forces potentially shaping it or offering opportunities for interventions
    • Assess how constructs from different theories relate to each other and select appropriate theories based on audience characteristics, health issues, and desired behavior change
    • Apply different theories to interventions, depending on the ecological levels at which the problems are framed and solutions proposed
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to the ecologic framework of health behavior that integrates perspectives from anthropology, sociology, and cognitive sciences. Uses a combination of lectures, readings, discussions, and small group exercises to make the case that health behaviors often must be viewed simultaneously at multiple ecologic levels in order to craft effective interventions. Includes discussion of socio-economic status, culture, and race at the macro ecologic level, social networks and social capital at the mezzo level, and influences on rational decision-making at the micro level.
  • Intended Audience
    Master's and doctoral students in HBS; MPH students interested in health behavior
  • Methods of Assessment
    Written mid-term and final exams, small-group projects
  • Course Schedule

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

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