410.625.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
W 5:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Andrea Gielen
  • 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 Description

    Expands 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 to a range of injury problems.

  • Intended Audience
    Master'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 Assessment
    Class participation and final paper.
  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There are no pre requisites for this course.

  • Required Text(s)

    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

  • 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

    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:

    Ecological Approaches 

    Community Mobilizing

    Social Cognitive Theory

    Role of Law

    Transtheoretical Model

    Risk Communication

    Theory of Planned Behavior

  • Syllabus

    The full course syllabus can be found in Class Materials & Resources under "On-line Library"

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Andrea Gielen
    Office: HH555
    Tel: 410-955-2397

  • Course Format

    Course Format: Course objectives will be achieved through a series of lectures, discussion, and written assignments, along with reading selected journal articles and the required textbook:

    Injury and Violence Prevention: Behavioral Sciences Theories, Methods and Applications

    Gielen AC, Sleet DA, DiClemente RJ (Editors), John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2006

    ISBN -13:978-0-7879-7764-1

    Access to course materials and readings: Course materials and slides are posted on Courseplus and there is a link to Courseplus on the School’s homepage. If you have trouble with accessing anything on Courseplus, please contact Nicole Moseley ( All readings other than the textbook are posted on e-reserves. To gain access to this material, go to  The password is 410625sph. If you have trouble or questions about accessing e-reserves, please contact Joe Martellotta, 410-502-7572,

  • Assignment Descriptions and Guidelines

    Method of Student Evaluation


    Students will be evaluated on class participation and a final paper. Class participation will include turning in discussion questions for each of the student led discussions, leading one discussion of an assigned reading, and presenting their final paper to the class.  The final paper (10-12 pages double spaced, properly referenced) can be in the form of either:

    ·       an application of behavioral sciences concepts or a particular theory to a program design;

    ·       a behavioral sciences research question with a rationale and brief description of a study design to address it;

    ·       a critique of a body of literature on a specific behavioral science issue in an injury area;

    ·       a critique of two different theoretical approaches to an injury problem; or

    ·       another format of your choosing, with instructor’s permission.


    Student Led Discussions:  The discussion should focus on comments and questions you have on the required readings assigned for that day. Each student must post at least one question or comment for each of the assigned readings on the course plus site by 9:00am on the day of class. The students responsible for leading the discussion will compile all of the questions and facilitate the discussion during class. Your postings can be comments about what you found most interesting about a particular reading; what some implications might be for other injury issues; issues that you wish the author had addressed; concerns about certain limitations; features that you thought were particularly strong about an article – basically anything you think would be interesting and helpful to discuss as a group.

    Student Presentations: Students will have 15 minutes to present their work to the class and receive feedback. This will be an opportunity to present a draft of your paper and allow you time to incorporate feedback into the final product, which will be due no later than May 19th (May 14th for graduating students).

  • Estimated Workload

    This is a 3 credit course that will meet from 5:00-7:30 on Wednesdays. The expectation is that for every hour in class, students complete two hours outside of class. The assignments for this class should be well within that expectation. 

  • 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