Courses Details

PUBHLTH300 Behavioral and Social Foundations for the Health Professions

  • Undergraduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 4 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Strecher, Vic
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course provides an introduction to the behavioral and social science factors that influence health and disease, with an emphasis on relevant knowledge for helping individuals make better health-related decisions and changes in their lives. The course explores these factors from the individual to the societal level. The course is 4 credits, with 3 hours of lecture and a 1 hour discussion per week.
  • Course Goals: The overall goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the behavioral and social science foundations for the health professions, and relevant grounding for students who wish to pursue additional training in the area.
  • Competencies:

    By the end of the course, students will possess greater understanding of the following areas in their relation to health behavior development, change, and decision-making:

    1. Causes of death in the U.S. and the world,
    2. methods of determining causes of death and disease,
    3. risk and risk perception,
    4. approaches to helping and coping,
    5. theories and conceptual frameworks,
    6. measurement of psychosocial factors,
    7. motivation, self-efficacy and self-control,
    8. physical, social, cultural environments,
    9. clinician-patient communication,
    10. mass and interactive communication,
    11. information processing,
    12. roles of health care organizations, health plans, employers, schools, and governments,
    13. roles of health care reform and health informatics, and
    14. roles of values affirmation, energy, and life purpose.
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH300