PUBH 6535 - Theoretical Perspectives of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

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Smallwood, Stacy W.
Georgia Southern University; JPHCOPH; Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health; COPH; Public health; Theoretical perspectives; Social and behavioral sciences; Ecological spectrum; Public Health; Academic Units, Public Health, COPH Syllabi
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This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. It explores social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health, and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills to help students synthesize and utilize information in research and practice. An important contribution of this course is the emphasis on recognizing the contributions of social and behavioral science research and practice to enhance public health.