The Social Work Program will host a new elective course in Spring 2014, special topics in Social Work, SWK 365, Health Promotion and Prevention. Professor Dianne Harnad MSW, a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Prevention Network’s Workforce Development Committee will teach the course on Wednesdays from 4-6:45 pm.
Course Description: Health Promotion and Prevention (SWK 365)
This course will provide students with a blueprint for planning, developing and implementing evidence-based prevention interventions that promote health at the individual, community, and systems levels. Course content will cover research based prevention practices, state and federal infrastructure and resources, and tools that practitioners will need to build their own prevention toolkit and apply theory to practice.
While substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion will serve as key examples to which prevention concepts will be applied, other public health domains selected by students will be addressed. These may include, but are not be limited to: teen pregnancy, violence, bullying, suicide, school failure, obesity, child welfare, ADHD, conduct disorders, STDs, HIV/AIDS, poverty, prescription drug misuse/abuse, underage and or binge drinking, elder abuse, issues in aging. Students will have the opportunity to focus on a specific target population and area of interest, while learning about associated public health issues across the lifespan that affect diverse populations.