Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Course by Johns Hopkins University

Published Jan 14, 2009

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Johns Hopkins University offers an OpenCourseWare class titled 'Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health.' This free course offers students a chance to study in the field of public health, while learning how social concepts and processes affect the medical care certain populations receive.

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health: Course Specifics

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Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health: Course Description

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Professor Larry Wissow offers a frank discussion of the effects of communication and perception on public health care. Students in this undergraduate course, which was designed as discussion-intensive lectures, develop written opinions and enhance communication about the public health issues presented in the course.

Part of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society's curriculum, the course works to help students see populations of people they work with as more than a name or number. Students learn to see into the psychosocial issues that affect their public health care.

Students learn that creating a narrative can be an effective tool for investigation, therapy and policy. The narrative can give insight to the factors, such as culture, gender, poverty or care disparities, race or ethnicity, family organization and community involvement, that affect the care given to various groups of people.

The course also seeks ways to keep the study of social and behavioral factors in health care in play as the best way to solve health care's problems is to understand them and then collaborate with the people affected.

The OpenCourseWare based on this course includes lecture notes, a list of suggested reading and assignment writings with examples students wrote. If this course piques your interest, visit the social and behavioral aspects of public health course page.

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