Distance Learning
GCHB 6030

GCHB 6030 - Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health, 3 credits

This course covers the behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease. Students learn how behavioral and social theories are relevant to health promotion and disease prevention efforts, and in behavior based safety efforts. They also learn how factors that protect or erode health operate at multiple levels (including individual, community, societal, and global levels), and how interventions are developed to improve health by addressing critical factors at each of these levels.The course also addresses the roles of culture, race, and ethnicity in the conceptualization of health and illness.

Course Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Apply a social ecological framework to identify how individual, community, and population health is affected by factors at multiple levels. Examples include: individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, societal, global.
  2. Examine and critique important theoretical frameworks for understanding social and behavioral health interventions. Examples include: Health Belief Model; Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change); Diffusion of Innovation; empowerment theory; theories of privilege and oppression; core-periphery theories of international relations.
  3. Analyze specific public health intervention strategies based on the factors and theories listed above.
  4. Identify the role of race, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture in the above theoretical frameworks, including discussion of major schools of thought regarding these factors. Examples include: "nature vs. nurture"; biological vs. social constructions of demographic variables.
  5. Explain how health-related behavior reflects cultural differences in conceptualizations of health and illness (disease constructs) and show, through examples, how these patterns vary across time and place.
  6. Identify the contributions of various research approaches in understanding and addressing public health problems related to social and behavioral factors at multiple levels. Examples of approaches include: basic research, action research/intervention research, community-based participatory research.
  7. Discuss the importance of effective communication in health promotion interventions that address social and behavioral aspects of global health.
  8. Identify the importance of "cultural competence" in working with diverse communities to effect change in social and behavioral factors related to the health of individuals and communities.
  9. Explain how social and behavioral sciences are important to public health domestically and abroad and complement the approaches used in other major public health disciplines. Examples include: health systems management, epidemiology, environmental health.

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