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.
Prerequisites: [PUBHLTH 200; (C- or better) & Junior or Senior Standing] or Public Health Major
Description: This course introduces students to strategies as well as best practices and challenges in translating strategies into public health policies, programs and practices. This course provides an overview of stakeholders who create, enact, and assess health promotion strategies. Students will identify, define and evaluate strategies to address public health issues.
Course Goals: Understand the relationship between political power, economic power, and health; identify political determinants of health, and develop your understanding of and skills for effective action in community engagement and advocacy as well as formal politics.
Learning Objectives: 1. Explain the process for tailoring intervention messages based on the specific audiences, content and media channels
2. Discuss the legal, ethical and economic implications of public health policies and interventions
3. Describe principles of planning, implementing and evaluating public health programs and interventions
4. Compare and contrast the roles of various policy-forming bodies (agencies, organizations, governments) in public health promotion
5. Explore various conceptualizations of effectiveness with regard to public health strategies