Course Highlights

SHDH 502: Neighborhood Intervention Health: Critical Approaches*
*ONLY OFFERED THIS YEAR
Fall 2
Dr. Jim Dunn
2.5 credits

This course examines the emerging literature on neighborhood- and area-based interventions to improve health, well-being and social determinants of health, as well as reducing social inequalities in health, with a focus on the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. The first part of the course will introduce the literature on neighborhoods and health. In the second part of the course we will examine the literature on neighborhoods, focusing on the intellectual history of the idea, definitions, conceptual and theoretical models of neighborhoods and methods for analyzing neighborhoods empirically. Finally, we will scan and critically analyze the research on neighborhood interventions and their outcomes, with a focus on their impacts on social and health outcomes. The course will readings, group discussion, and individual inquiry, to examine the potential of neighborhood-based policy and intervention for improving health and reducing health disparities in urban contexts. Although this course is also concerned with practical questions related to policy and programs, these have their roots in particular conceptions of neighborhoods and their impact on health and social dynamics, so a critical awareness of strengths and limitations of various approaches to neighborhood interventions will be encouraged.

SHDH 262: Evidence-Based Worksite Health
NEW Winter Session Course
Dr. Nicolaas P. Pronk, PhD, FACSM
1.25 credits

This course is designed to provide students with skills in identification of evidence of effectiveness in worksite health, translation of evidence into practice-based design principles, and application of health promotion and occupational safety and health strategies. An overview of population health management, health and productivity management, and the integration of health promotion and health protection in the context of the workplace are central to the course. Topics addressed include methods and approaches related to best practice characteristics, assessment of health risks, organizational policies and practices, safety climate issues, psychosocial work factors, outcome measurement, financial impact of worksite health programs, and processes of translating research into practice. A model of work organization will be used to place health promotion and health protection factors in context. Case study discussion will be used to support the discussion.

SHDH 208: Adolescent Health
Dr. Michael Rich
Fall 2
2.5 credits

Adolescent health risk behaviors, prevention and intervention programs will be examined in relation to adolescent physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development. Topics will include theories of behavioral change, access to health care, guidelines for preventive services, outcomes research, health policy, and alternative sites for care. Risk behaviors, including injury, violence, suicide, substance use and sexuality will be explored. Focus will be primarily domestic, with examples of federal, state, and community-based adolescent health initiatives. Course Activities: class discussions, classroom role playing, writing memoranda