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    This Social and Behavioral Sciences course teaches about the basic theories, concepts, and models of social and behavioral sciences (through online didactics) and provides an opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge in the topic (with globally-available peers and mentors). All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

    There are 5 modules to complete through online study and peer and mentored activities. These modules introduce social and behavioral sciences in public health; the social and behavioral factors that can affect health; public health ethics; and planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.

    There are practice quizzes in each module, and at the end of the course you’ll have a final exam, and a chance to give your assessment of this training. We will give you all the results of your assessments, such as your final exam and peer activities. We can report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) that you request. We hope this is a wonderful learning experience for you, and that your assessments will teach us how we can make it even better.

    Select the “Next” button to begin Module 1: Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences

    This course was sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word and was developed in partnership with the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Like all NextGenU courses, it is competency-based, with competencies from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region, and uses learning resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization. The course developers are Aalia Chatur, MPH and Andrea Ramirez, MD with an Advisory Committee from our sponsoring organizations and major contributions from Ashley Shaw, PhD; Ellina Lytvyak, and Karah Koleszar.