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Social & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Social and Behavioral Aspect of Public Health (Summer 2016) is designed as a foundation course in the application of social and behavioral science perspectives to public health. The course is built on the assumption that public health is a multi-disciplinary field, aimed at reducing preventable morbidity and premature mortality, and promoting a higher quality of life in populations and groups through health interventions. Although biological, physical, and medical care factors contribute to population health outcomes, this course emphasizes the relationship of behaviors as well as social and political structures to health outcomes. It is specifically designed to familiarize students with the application of social and behavioral science perspectives in public health. The course highlights global contexts and practice for understanding and improving health. It is deliberately broad, encompassing a survey of basic concepts, analytic frameworks, and intervention strategies that can be applied to current public health issues. Basic principles from psychology, sociology, anthropology and other social science disciplines are analyzed in relation to causes, consequences and control measures of public health problems.



Course Staff

Dr. Christine Richards B. Ed., MPH, PhD

Dr. Richards is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada and currently serve as the Department’s Track Director of the Health Policy and Administration Track. She has a general MPH degree and a PhD in public health with a specialization in community health education and promotion. She also has been recently appointed as a research fellow at the Windward Island Research Foundation (WINDREF).

Required Text

Coreil, J, ed. (2010). Social and behavioral foundations of public health, 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

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