DOCTORAL SEMINAR IN BEHAVIORAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES THEORIES AND MODELS
This course is a requirement for students in the doctoral program in the department of behavioral and community health sciences. The seminar is designed to stimulate critical thinking about specific public health issues from within the framework of various behavioral and community theories and models. The purpose of this doctoral seminar is to critically apply and evaluate specific conceptual models and theoretical frameworks to particular significant public health problems or issues. This requires that seminar participants acquire close working familiarity with various conceptual tools and substantive issues. One goal underlying the selection of the substantive issues has been to select those which challenge, provoke, confront, excite, and stimulate seminar participants about economic and political controversies in contemporary healthcare and public health. Similarly, the selection of issues and reading materials dealing with those issues, challenge taken-for granted assumptions with respect to health and illness, public health and medical care as well as health policies and health politics. A final objective of the seminar is to challenge participants to reassess their conception of the field of public health and their place in it. Is it a profession? A discipline? An applied social science? What are the implications/consequences of each?