Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
This survey course exposes students to aspects of the behavioral and social sciences which are relevant to public health. It is intended to make students more sophisticated analysts of health problems by increasing their understanding of how complex the human aspects of prevention are. Major scientific theories and models of health behavior are presented early in the quarter. The remainder of the course focuses on important social factors and specific behaviors, with an emphasis on primary and secondary prevention.
This course is designed for students who are already familiar with health behavior theory and want to learn how to develop health behavior change programs. While a planning framework will be covered in lecture format, the acquisition of needs assessment skills is emphasized throughout the quarter. Program implementation and evaluation will also be covered, as will ethical issues relevant to health promotion.
Prerequisites: PMO530 or Course Director Concurrence
Under the mentorship of a faculty member, students will conduct an independent study project in the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to public health. The objective is to acquire specific methodological skills or deepen their understanding of the field's science base.
Prerequisites: Concurrence of Course Director