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THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF POPULATION HEALTH
MPH PROGRAM

Course Information: PBH 502 – Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health Course Credits: 3
Class meeting schedule: Fall, Wednesdays - 5:15-8:15 PM
Location: College Building, Room 206

Course Instructor:Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH
1025 Walnut Street (College Building), Suite 1014
amy.leader@jefferson.edu
215-955-7739

Course Teaching Assistant: Melissa DiCarlo, MPH
1025 Walnut Street (College Building), Suite 1014
melissa.dicarlo@jefferson.edu
215-503-9348

Office Hours: Available by appointment

Course Description: Addresses behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life span. Examines research and practice that contribute to the development, administration and evaluation of public health programs and policies that promote and sustain healthy lives and environments for individuals and populations.

Public Health Competencies
This course addresses multiple public health core competencies that are assessed in a variety of formats. (Appendix)

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

a)Identify and apply basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice b)Identify and apply the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations c)Identify and apply individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and barriers for social and behavioral science interventions d)Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions e)Describe and apply steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions f)Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health programs g)Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies h)Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions i)Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation j)Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs, interventions and/or policies

Required Texts:

Glanz, Rimer and Lewis – Health Behavior and Health Education – Theory, Research and Practice – Fourth Edition – Josey-Bass – 2008

Edberg – Essentials of Health Behavior - Social and Behavioral Theory in Public Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007

Institute of Medicine – Health and Behavior – The Interplay of Biological, Behavioral and Societal Influences - National Academy Press, 2000 http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9838

Types of learning activities:
Combination of lecture, discussions/group activities, readings, small-group projects and presentations.

Course Requirements (Evaluation Methods) and Policies:

Attendance
• Students will be prepared to begin class at 5:15 sharp. • Arriving to class late is strongly discouraged please make every effort to arrive on time.

Late work policies
▪ Assignments that are not turned in by 5 PM the day they are due will lower the assignment grade by five (5) points ▪ Assignments not completed by the due date must be completed within five (5) days or an additional five (5) points will be subtracted from that assignment.

Evaluation and Grading Policies

• Readings: The instructor will assume that students have read all the readings prior to the beginning of each class. Be prepared to discuss every reading. Class participation grade will be based upon questions student’s pose and involvement in class discussion. • It is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard...
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