PHC6410 –  Psychological, Social, & Behavioral Issues in Public Health

Credits: 3

Course Aims: (1) The first aim of this course is to address the 10 SBS competencies created by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) for all MPH students. (2) The second aim of this course is to explore how social and behavioral sciences theories and public health concepts and methods can be applied throughout the health-illness experience. (3) The third aim is to promote an appreciation for the role of the social and behavioral sciences in public health and to encourage those of you in other tracks to seek additional training.

Please click here for a list of the ASPPH competencies covered by this course.

This course is being offered in a Blending Learning Format.

What is blended learning and why is it important? A Blended Learning class uses a mixture of technology and face-to-face instruction to help you optimize your learning. Factual knowledge will be presented using assigned readings and online lectures that are to be viewed prior to coming to class. This frees up class time to dive deeper into course material, and work on direct applications of public health concepts and methods to real-world problems. Blended learning is an evidence-based format that has demonstrated effectiveness for increasing student performance and learning. In this format, you have the benefit of watching lecture content at times that are convenient to you, and you can re-watch any lectures or portions of lectures that are particularly difficult at any point during the course (keeping you from having to record in-person lectures or race to take notes in class). An additional benefit of spending in-person class time on direct application of course content is that you will have the opportunity to strengthen skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and your ability to collaborate with students with diverse interests and ideas (as a core MPH course, this course will have students from across all areas of public health). Competency in these skills is absolutely critical for your success as a health professional.


An interview with Dr. Tracey Barnett, a regular instructor for PHC6410.