Courses Taught by Kristi Gamarel

HBEHED605: Human Sexuality across the Life Course

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Gamarel, Kristi
  • Not offered 2019-2020
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
  • Description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction of the major theories and principles guiding human sexuality as well as recent developments in sexuality health research; develop their understanding of methodological and assessment issues in the study of sexuality; and familiarize them with the extent to which sexuality research and principles inform public health efforts promoting sexual health. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to identify and critically assess: (1) major concepts, theories and perspectives guiding a multidisciplinary understanding of human sexuality; (2) recent developments in sexuality research; (3) methodological aspects in the study of sexuality; and (4) how sexuality research informs public health practice and sexual health education strategies.
  • Course Goals: This course is designed as an introductory course in human sexuality. Throughout the term, students will learn the major theories and principles guiding an understanding of human sexuality as well as recent developments in sexuality research; develop an understanding of methodological and assessment issues in the study of sexuality; and apply sexuality research and principles to inform public health efforts. This knowledge is considered critical to the development of effective public health behavior and education programs focused on sexual health.
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and critically assess: 1. Major concepts, theories and perspectives guiding a multidisciplinary understanding of human sexuality across the life course; 2. Recent developments in sexuality research; 3. Methodological aspects in the study of sexuality; 4. How sexuality research informs public health practice and how sexual health is promoted in health education strategies.

HBEHED886: Theory-Driven Interventions Targeting Individual Behavior Change

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Gamarel, Kristi
  • Prerequisites: HBHE doctoral students or Perm Instr
  • Description: The course will involve in-depth discussions of issues and problems in using conceptual models, theories of health behavior, and data to inform interventions targeting individual behavior change. Presentations will focus on the rationale for selection of a particular theory or theories, conceptual framework, how the theory or model was used to develop the intervention, measurement of theoretical constructs, and the barriers encountered in the implementation and evaluation phase of the research. Intervention research will include those that target clients, providers and families.
  • Course Goals: Current faculty intervention studies will form the basis of discussion for several sessions. Some sessions will focus on critique of intervention research in the literature. Some sessions will be lead by a class participant. Since each session relies heavily on class discussion, attendance is required.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the role of conceptual models and theories for informing interventions that promote individual behavior change. 2. Discuss the relative utility of various models and theories dependent on the research question and target audience. 3. Articulate the difficulties and limitations of health decision-making models in providing direction in intervention research. 4. Develop and defend a conceptual model using behavioral, social science, and health education theories/constructs to inform an intervention relevant to a current health problem. 5. Discuss current directions in research involving theory and practice.
Concentration Competencies that HBEHED886 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
HBHE PhD Develop an innovative and efficient design for an empirical analysis of an intervention or observational study to address a research question with clear public health relevance HBEHED885, HBEHED886, preliminary exam
HBHE PhD Integrate theoretical frameworks (e.g., health belief model, social ecological model) with critical analysis of empirical data to identify gaps in current approaches to health promotion HBEHED885, HBEHED886, preliminary exam

PUBHLTH406: Research Methods in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Gamarel, Kristi
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: PUBHLTH 383
  • Description: This course provides students with fundamental principles of research methodologies relevant to public health research. We will review a range of methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and mixed-method approaches. We will develop enhanced capacity to understand and critically appraise data from scientific studies.
  • Course Goals: This introductory course is designed for students interested in methodologies to (i) address social determinants of health and (ii) design or critique to address public health problems. This introductory course provides students with fundamental principles of research methodologies relevant to public health research. We will review a range of methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, non-randomized evaluations, observational studies, and mixed-method approaches to research. We will develop enhanced capacity to understand and critically appraise data from scientific studies, in order to be critical consumers of research and engaged participants in scientific discourse. Throughout the course, we will also emphasis ethical and cultural issues that underpin public health research. The overarching aim of the assigned readings, exams, assignments, and discussions is to empower you to think rigorously, systematically, and judiciously regarding how to appraise or conduct public health.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Acquire a knowledge base of research methodologies used in public health research 2. Become a critical consumer of public health research and interventions 3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population's health 4. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge 5. Apply methodological principles toward planning public health research
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH406