04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R
Robinson Hall B203
Section Information for Fall 2019
This course is designed for students to explore today’s important health-related topics and issues. Using current events and evolving research, emphasis is on behavior change, drawing on principles of choice architecture and ‘nudges’, human-centered design, and social marketing approaches to influence positive health outcomes. Issues will vary based on current events and may include ‘lifestyle’ issues including drug and nicotine use, including e-cigarettes; sexual health; stress, anxiety and depression; the rising incidents of campus violence; the unique health needs of ethnic and sexual minorities; nutrition—with a look at extremes, from food deserts and food insecurity to abundance and the rising obesity epidemic; and decisions related to death and dying. The course will introduce social marketing and other behavior change tools to encourage students to assess and possibly change their own health behaviors and practices.