410.676.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 99 Credit(s)
  • Course Schedule

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

    • The course will begin with four didactic sessions held:

    1/27, 1/29, 2/3, 2/5 from 1:30pm - 2:50pm

    • The sessions will be held at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, 550 North Broadway, Suite 1001.
    • Clinical shadowing experiences will be scheduled on an individual basis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Contact Information
    Lawrence Cheskin
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the complex mechanisms underlying the obesity epidemic.
    • Identify the interventions commonly employed to treat obesity in clinical settings.
    • Assess standard (USDA) nutrition and physical activity recommendations for weight management.
    • Identify psychosocial and psychological factors that impact behavior change.
    • Describe cognitive-behavioral strategies to elicit change in patients.
    • Apply principles from communication, behavioral, social science, and psychological theories to encourage health behavior change in others.
    • Apply motivational interviewing (MI) theory and techniques.
    • Evaluate the evidence regarding the efficacy of MI techniques for weight loss.
    • Perform clinical practice skills such as reflective listening, empathy, barriers assessment, eliciting change talk, and goal setting.
  • Course Description
    Focuses on the practical application of principles from communication, behavioral, social science, and psychological theories in a clinical setting. Enables students to work directly with patients of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center (JHWMC) to promote behavior change in the areas of diet and fitness. Integrates theoretical concepts with practical clinical applications, and presents students the opportunity to work in a team setting with healthcare practitioners.
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate students interested in subject
  • Methods of Assessment
    Written assignments (4-8 mock clinical progress notes at 1-2 pages each, three 2-3 page reflection papers) - 40%; attendance and participation - 30%; clinical mentor evaluation - 30%
  • Prerequisites
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