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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

BEHAVIORAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH (HLTH)

School of Public Health
2387 School of Public Health Building, 301-405-2463
www.dpch.umd.edu
bmonis@umd.edu
Chair: E. Glover
Professors: K. Beck, B. Boekeloo, P. Clark (Res Prof), R. Feldman, R. Gold, M. Wang
Associate Professors: S. Desmond, C. Holt, D. Howard, R. Sawyer, C. Voorhees (Res Assoc Prof)
Assistant Professors: J. Butler, S. Daughters, C. Fryer, M. Garza, K. Green
Instructors: A. Anderson-Sawyer, A. Bayley, G. Gilbert, J. Hodgson, M. Reynolds, K. Sharp, T. Zeeger
Professors Emeriti: J. Greenberg

The Major

Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health which prepares students for entry-level health education positions in a variety of community health settings: worksite health promotion, research and development, hospitals, and health agencies.

Program Objectives

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health promotes the development of behavioral and community health educators who understand the science, theory, and practice of public health and can apply this knowledge toward the enhancement of population health status.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of the undergraduate program in community health, students will be able to:

  1. Identify individual and community level needs for health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Identify principles of community health that are needed for the development of effective health promotion and disease prevention stategies.
  3. Apply statistics and research methods to accurately describe the distribution and examine the determinants of population health.
  4. Apply statistics and research methods to community health program evaluations.
  5. Describe how to plan, implement and administer short and long term community health interventions.
  6. Communicate and disseminate the results of community health program evaluations.
  7. Describe how to advocate for effective community health initiatives at the local, state and federal levels.
  8. Identify strategies that effectively incorporate cultural competence within health promotion and community health initiatives.

Requirements for the Major

In addition to the University's general education requirements, students must fulfill four other general sets of requirements: General Electives, Supportive Requirements, Health Electives, and Professional Preparation. HLTH491, the Community Health Internship, is completed during the student's final semester and after all other course work has been successfully completed.

 

    Credits
  Community Health Major  120
     
  Supportive Requirements 21
HLTH130 Introduction to Public & Community Health 3
HLTH140 Personal and Community Health 3
HLTH230 Introduction to Health Behavior 3
BSCI105 Principles of Biology 4
BSCI201 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSCI202 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
     
  Health Electives 18
HLTH106 Drug Use and Abuse  
HLTH285 Controlling Stress and Tension  
HLTH371 Communicating Health and Safety  
HLTH377 Human Sexuality  
HLTH38x Peer Education   
HLTH430 Health Education in the Workplace  
HLTH437 Consumer Behavior  
HLTH460 Minority Health(summer only)  
HLTH471 Women's Health  
HLTH476 Death Education   
HLTH498T Medical Terminology (Summer & Winter)  
KNES360 Physiology of Exercise  
NFSC100 Elements of Nutrition  
SPHL    
     
  Professional Preparation  30
HLTH200 Introduction to Research in Community Health 3
HLTH300 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
HLTH301 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
HLTH391 Principles of Community Health I 3
HLTH420 Methods and Materials in Health 3
HLTH490 Principles of Community Health II 3
HLTH491 Community Health Internship 12

 

Advising

Advising is not mandatory, but it is recommended that students periodically schedule an appointment via departmental website to appropriately track their progress in the major. The Community Health major has three advisors: 

1. Jennifer Hodgson: jhodgson@umd.edu, 301-405-25231
2. Allison Bayley: abayley@umd.edu, 301-405-8729
3. Tracy Zeeger: tzeeger@umd.edu, 301-405-3453

Internships

The final semester of the program is dedicated to a full-time, 16-week internship that the student will have identified in the previous semester's required course HLTH 490.  The internship coordinator is Anne Anderson-Sawyer, MA.  aasawyer@umd.edu.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu

Awards and Recognition

DBCH Undergraduate Award Descriptions

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health has evolved significantly over the past few years, and is currently comprised of faculty, staff and hundreds of students who share in a passion to improve health outcomes of individuals and communities. Each year, our Department recognizes some exceptional students by honoring them with awards in recognition of their achievements. A listing of all Behavioral and Community Health sponsored awards follows.

Please note that students may apply for only one award.

Sharon M. Desmond Community Service Award

This award honors Dr. Sharon Desmond’s more than 20-year involvement and commitment to improving health within the local community. Serving as a professor within the Department of Behavioral and Community Health since 1989, she teaches about public health from a social justice perspective, addressing health disparities that result from racism and lack of access to care. Dr. Desmond has worked diligently with communities surrounding the University to empower them through health education. In 1999, she was instrumental in founding a health partnership between the city of Seat Pleasant, MD and the university. Since its birth, she has served as secretary, chairperson, and co-chairperson of the Seat Pleasant-University of Maryland Health Partnership (SP-UMHP) and has been actively involved in all partnership programs and activities.

Each spring, the Department of Behavioral and Community Health presents this award to an undergraduate who has demonstrated dedication to his or her community in a health-related capacity. The award will be given to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who has completed at least 2 semesters in the Community Health major, and who has regularly participated in community service activities. To apply, please email your full name and university ID, as well as a 1-2 page (maximum) narrative about why you deserve this award, to Beverly Monis at bmonis@umd.edu by February 1 st. The subject line of your email should read, “Desmond Community Service Award.”

 

Robin G. Sawyer Health Teaching/Communication Award

This award honors Dr. Robin Sawyer’s more than 25-year commitment to a high standard of teaching excellence and health communication. Dr. Sawyer has received numerous awards for his exciting and effective classroom teaching methods, including the most prestigious University of Maryland Regent’s Award for Teaching Excellence, which identifies the most outstanding teacher among 5,000 faculty in the University of Maryland System. His unwavering commitment to teaching has led to over 450 presentations at schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, and his innovative approach to education has made his Human Sexuality course one of the most popular classes on our campus. Dr. Sawyer has also written and produced 5 sexuality films that have garnered 14 national and international film awards. Through his Methods and Materials in Health course, Dr. Sawyer continues to teach our majors how to become effective communicators of health information.

Each spring, the Department of Behavioral and Community Health presents this award to an undergraduate who demonstrates promise and involvement in public/community health presentations and teaching. The award will be given to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who has completed at least 2 semesters in the Community Health major, and who has effectively taught or presented on a health-related topic. To apply, please email your full name and university ID, as well as a 1-2 page (maximum) narrative of why you deserve this award, to Beverly Monis at bmonis@umd.edu by February 1 st. The subject line of your email should read, “Sawyer Health Teaching/Communication Award.”

 

Beck-Feldman Public Health Research Award

This award honors Drs. Kenneth Beck and Robert Feldman’s more than 30-year commitment to public health research. Both serve as full professors within the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Dr. Beck has worked with numerous federal, state, and local agencies to research issues surrounding injury prevention, traffic safety, graduated licensing and risk-taking behaviors. He has focused specifically on the effectiveness of breath alcohol ignition locks at preventing impaired driving, and the effects of parental monitoring on teen alcohol involvement. Dr. Feldman’s major areas of research have focused on investigating worksite smoking cessation among government workers in Costa Rica and Latino immigrant construction workers in Maryland. He has also examined the effectiveness of interventions to encourage healthier eating among low income women in the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program and infant nutrition programs for Latina mothers.

Each spring, the Department of Behavioral and Community Health presents this award to an undergraduate who has a demonstrated involvement in health research projects. The award will be given to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who has completed at least 2 semesters in the Community Health major, and who has had some involvement in research. To apply, please email your full name and university ID, as well as a 1-2 page (maximum) narrative of why you deserve this award, to Beverly Monis at bmonis@umd.edu by February 1 st. The subject line of your email should read, “Beck-Feldman Public Health Research Award.”

 

David Hyde Award

This award honors Dr. David Hyde’s more than 20 year involvement with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. As the former Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Hyde advised literally hundreds of students, assisting them in reaching their academic, professional, and personal goals. His open door policy, personable demeanor, and realistic approach to problem solving made him popular among Community Health students. Dr. Hyde also taught courses in stress management and was passionate about helping students cope with and control stress in their academic and personal lives. Retiring in 2010, Dr. Hyde has had the opportunity to pursue his long time interest in photography.

Each spring, the Department of Behavioral and Community Health presents this award to an undergraduate who has demonstrated strength in the face of adversity. The award will be given to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who has completed at least 2 semesters in the Community Health major, and who has experienced adversity during his or her undergraduate career. To apply, please email your full name and university ID, as well as a 1-2 page (maximum) narrative of why you deserve this award, to Beverly Monis at bmonis@umd.edu by February 1 st. The subject line of your email should read, “David Hyde Award.”

 

Doris Sands Award

This award honors Dr. Doris Sands, a renowned sexuality educator who was recognized for her tremendous teaching skills and ability to reach thousands of students during her time at the University of Maryland (1964-1986). Dr. Sands began her career as a school nurse and happened to identify and diagnose a serious illness in a young high school student. This early intervention saved the young man’s life, and many years later, in honor of this action, the grateful man set up a scholarship in the name of Dr. Sands. Throughout her teaching career here at Maryland, Dr. Sands was well known for her direct manner and fearlessness regarding education around human sexuality. She was a trailblazer in this regard, and helped to normalize issues of sexual health in her immensely popular Human Sexuality course.

Each spring, the Department of Behavioral and Community Health’s Undergraduate Program Committee selects (no application) a student to receive this award based on strong motivation and promise in the field.

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