INJURY PREVENTION: BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES THEORIES AND APPLICATIONS Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the role of behavioral sciences and behavior change within a comprehensive approach to preventing unintentional injury and violence
- Critically examine the breadth of work that has been done applying behavioral science theory to the problems of injury and violence
- Apply concepts from behavioral sciences to designing injury prevention programs and/or research to address an injury or violence problem
- focus 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
Course DescriptionExpands 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.
Intended AudienceMaster'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 AssessmentClass participation and final paper.
Additional Faculty Notes:
There are no pre requisites for this course.
Additional Faculty Notes:
Textbook: Gielen AC, Sleet DA, DiClemente RJ (Editors), Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories, Methods and Applications
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2006, ISBN -13:978-0-7879-7764-1
(Available at Amazon.com)
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.
There are numerous behavioral science theories and concepts that have been applied to injury and violence problems.
With an emphasis on interventions and intervention research, we will focus on the following topics:
Role of Media
Social Cognitive Theory
Role of Law
Theory of Planned Behavior
Influencing Decision Makers
The full course syllabus can be found in Class Materials & Resources under "On-line Library"
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
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