380.671.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 1 - Identify and explain key factors - developmental, educational, economic, socio-cultural and political - that impact the causes, the nature of, and the consequences of adolescent sexual and reproductive behaviors. 2 - Apply their substantive knowledge of that range of adolescent issues, in combination with skills acquired in this course and in their methodological course work, to design, develop, monitor and evaluate programs and policies for adolescents in both domestic and international settings and demonstrate these skills by a) crafting a grant proposal summary and b) conducting a grant review. 3 - Evaluate literature on controversial health issues in order to distinguish well-designed studies from weak designs, findings from opinions, and fact from dogma. 4 - Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of issues related to objectives 1-3 sufficient to a) prepare a briefing memo and b) present a concise, oral presentation on the same topic, and to respond spontaneously and effectively to questions on relevant issues.
  • Course Description

    Addresses aspects of adolescent fertility, sexual behavior, and reproductive health, including its social and economic roots, its relationship to cultural change, and its individual, developmental etiology. Explores consequences of early fertility, emphasizing interventions and their assessment and the effects of public policy. Focuses mainly on the U.S., although comparisons are made with other developed and less-developed countries. Emphasizes developing skills useful in real-world public health practice.

  • Intended Audience

    Graduate Public Health Students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation will be based on a 2-page briefing memo, a 3-page grant proposal summary, a written grant review, a brief presentation, and class participation.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.