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.
Competencies: This course addresses HBHE Competency #1: Describe the role and interaction of key determinants of health status, health behavior, and health behavior change from a biopsychosocial perspective across the lifespan. Through assignments and their final project, students will be expected to: (a) describe the epidemiology of a sexual health problem; (b) identify its biological, behavioral, social and educational aspects; and (c)review, select, and apply theoretical constructs for predicting and changing a health behavior related to their outcome of interest.
This course also addresses Competency #4 (Describe and apply ethical principles relevant to public health research and practice) and Competency #6 (Describe and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to interact with diverse individuals and communities). Given the diversity of populations represented in the course, as well as the sensitivity of the sexual health topics addressed in class, students will be encouraged to value sexual diversity, and describe how empirical research and evidence-based practice addresses ethical issues related to the promotion of the public's sexual health and to the practice of sexual health education as a profession. Through active class participation and the facilitation of course readings, these conversations will serve to develop students' perspectives on their professional rights, obligations, and role as a sexual health educators.
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.
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.
Competencies: Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
1. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
2. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
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3. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health
4. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs
6. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
7. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
8. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
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