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PBHE527 - Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE527 Course ID: 3884 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course reviews the conceptual, empirical, and theoretical contributions of the Social and Behavioral Sciences as they contribute to an understanding of health and illness.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe social and behavioral science theories, models, constructs, and principles used to develop or improve programs to address major public health issues.
  2. Evaluate cultural characteristics, social roles, and behavioral factors that contribute to disease, injury prevention and service delivery.
  3. Analyze the role and causes of social and community factors (i.e. social determinants of health) in both the onset and solution of health problems.
  4. Describe a set of selected and widely employed social and behavioral science theories, models, constructs, and principles used to develop or improve programs to address major public health issues.
  5. Evaluate how community-based participatory research and program planning can enhance the effectiveness of public health services.
  6. Describe how theory, research and evidence-based practices illuminates ethical, political, scientific, economic, and overall public health issues.
  7. Synthesize theory and practices as they relate to translating theory and research into public health practice in diverse community settings.
  8. Synthesize key trends in social and behavioral aspects of health for programmatic and policy recommendations.

Forum

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites. Rubric is attached to forum description.

Guidelines:

  • Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should be no less than 450 words.
  • Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
  • Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
  • Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
  • All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
  • Forum rubric is included in the forum section of the course
  • Additional guidelines for week one forum introduction are included in the forum tab within the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each forum can be found in the forum tab within the course.
  • Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.

Students will be responsible for providing a peer response posting for at least two (2) of their peers’ postings, unless there are less than 3 students in the course, where only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demining or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

Weekly Essay: There will be five (5) weekly essays in this course. Each weekly essay is due in the Assignment portal of the classroom by Sunday, 11:55 p.m. EST each week. Please make sure you read and understand the directions for each essay. Each essay should be a minimum of two full pages of text in length and have a minimum of at least (2) outside scholarly sources (not our course text) in your response. Please ensure that you cite your references in APA format. Rubric is attached to assignment description.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Weekly Quiz: There will be six (6) weekly quizzes in this course. The weekly quiz consists of ten (10) True/False and multiple choice questions. Each weekly quiz is due in the “Tests and Quizzes” portal of the classroom by Sunday, 11:55 p.m. EST each week. Please note that each quiz is based on key concepts from assigned chapters in course textbook. You will have 3 total timed attempts (1 hour each) to successfully complete the quiz.

Final Paper: For this course, students will be required to complete a research paper. This paper must be at minimum 10 full pages in length. This requirement does not include your cover sheet, reference pages, reiterating the assignment, inserting extra spaces, etc. Your topic must be related to social and behavioral aspects of health. Rubric is attached to assignment description.

Select a topic and population pertinent to social and behavioral aspects to public health nationally or internationally. Explain and incorporate health behavior model(s) and/or theory/theories to develop a program that addresses the public health issue. Include recommendations for policy changes, if applicable.

Refer to the Student Handbook for policies relevant to academic honesty and other procedures and policies related to this course. Refer to Online Resource Center for any research assistance.

Book Title: Additional readings will be required via internet resources.
Author:
Publication Info: Open Web Sources
ISBN: AMN
Book Title: Health Behavior: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5th ed.
Author: Glanz, Rimer and Viswanath
Publication Info: Wiley
ISBN: 9781118628980
Book Title: Course materials will change for November and beyond. Please email booklist@apus.edu for the updated list.
Author:
Publication Info: Open Web Sources
ISBN: APUPOTI4

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.