HE-202: Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HE-202 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): HE-114

Course Description in college catalog:

This course introduces students to the various biological, psychological, socio-cultural, economic, environmental, institutional, organizational and political factors influencing health behavior and relevant disparities in health outcomes. Students are exposed to core theories and models used in the analysis of heath behavior and outcomes from a systems perspective. Emphasis is placed on applying theories/models at various level of influence to current health problems as basis for intervention design.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Public Health (advised major elective)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to describe the role of theory in public health education and health behavior.

  2. Students will be able to evaluate the importance of theory-based research and practice in public health practice.

  3. Students will be able to discuss the origins and functions of theories used to describe the health of populations.

  4. Students will be able to analyze biopsychosocial factors influencing health behaviors and health outcomes from a systems perspective.

  5. Students will be able to compare and contrast intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional/organizational, community, and policy-level theories and models used in public health research and practice.

  6. Students will be able to evaluate theory-based public health literature.

  7. Students will be able to design theory-based public health and health behavior assessment tools.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Analyze public health theory and practice in the following areas: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, environmental health, health communication, health care systems and policy.

  2. Apply and synthesize basic quantitative and qualitative data, professional and scholarly literature.

  3. Examine the current research related to public health problems and formulate methods for the prevention and control of diseases

  4. Evaluate the role of social justice in bringing about social change to improve the health of the public

  5. Communicate, promote and advocate for improvements in the health of the public

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Examinations

  2. Assignments and Projects

  3. Participation and Oral Presentations

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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