410.610.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
S 9:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Lee Bone
    Allysha Robinson (TA)
  • Course Description

    Introduces the issues of homelessness and its relationship to health. Lectures, seminars, and community experience present factors leading to homelessness, prevention strategies, myths about homelessness, barriers to accessing services, health problems that arise from homelessness, multidisciplinary approaches to reducing homelessness, and policy and advocacy strategies.

    The course includes a 12-hour practicum conducted over the term, outside of classroom time. Students, working in teams, select a site of their own choosing (a listing of the sites will be posted on CoursePlus and choices made on January 25th) to conduct the practicum.

  • Course Learning Objectives

    Information not required for this course type

    • At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:
    • 1) Describe homelessness as a public health problem that results from complex economic, social, health, and psychosocial factors.
    • 2) Articulate the causes and consequences of homelessness from multiple perspectives, including the perspective of homeless individuals.
    • 3) Describe how health, mental health, and substance abuse needs and service options differ among heterogeneous homeless populations.
    • 4) Analyze the impact of local, state, and federal policies on homeless populations and the contribution of advocacy for these populations.
    • 5) Propose solutions and prevention strategies to address the inadequacy of resources and service systems that target homeless and poor populations.
    • 6) Apply knowledge and skills by actively participating and learning in the work of a community-based health organization with the explicit purpose of serving the homeless.
    • 7) Understand homelessness in the context of Healthcare Reform and Congressional mandates.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on participation in workshops, community site observational sessions, and a project/written report.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Class Participation: 20%
    Presentation: 20%
    Literature review/problem statement: 30%
    Final Project Report: 30%


  • Intended Audience
    All students interested in topic
  • Course Schedule

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

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    None. All readings available through Courseplus

  • 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.

  • Disability Support Services
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