Course Descriptions

HSC 556: The Psycho-social Dimensions of Behavioral Health

The course provides an overview on the psychosocial dimensions of behavioral health, with a special focus on developing countries and Bangladesh in particular. Topic includes epidemiology of the major classes of behavioral health problems e.g. mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders etc.; Socio-economic-demographic-cultural risk factors; Ethical issues in psycho-social health; Potential public health strategies and approaches (individual, group and family interventions); Community awareness and education strategies to sensitize and de-stigmatize these conditions; Critiques of Community health programs of Bangladesh and the regions.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define selected major behavioral health disorders
  2. Describe the role of social and psychosocial factors in health disorder
  3. Delineate prominent theories of psychosocial health
  4. Develop an understanding on the significance of adopting psychosocial dimension in public health interventions
  5. Describe the ethical issues in psychosocial health
  6. Describe the potential public health strategies and approaches concentrating psychosocial health
  7. Describe the education strategies to reduce the psychosocial stigma
  8. Describe and critique community health programs in Bangladesh and the region
  1. It is the student’s responsibility to gather information about the assignments and covered topics during the lectures missed. Regular class attendance is mandatory. Points will be taken off for missing classes. Without 70% of attendance, sitting for the final exam is NOT allowed. According to IUB system, students must enter the classroom within the first 20 minutes to get the attendance submitted.
  2. The date and syllabus of the quiz, midterm, and final exam are already given here, however, announcements will be given ahead of time. There is NO provision for make-up quizzes.
  3. The reading materials for each class will be given prior to that class so that student may have a cursory look at the materials.
  4. Class participation is vital for better discussing of sociological issues. Students are invited to raise questions.
  5. Students should take tutorials with the instructor during the office hours. Prior appointment is required.
  6. Students must maintain the IUB code of conduct and ethical guidelines offered by the School of Public Health.
The course will be based mostly on the following books [some other books and journals may be referred time to time]:
  1. Paul I. Ahmed, AlizaKolker& George V. Coelho: Toward a New Definition of Health: Psychosocial Dimensions,.ISBN: 978-1-4613-2993-0 (Print) 978-1-4613-2991-6 (Online).
  2. Woodward, Kath (2015), Psychosocial Studies: An Introduction, New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 3–4, 7–8, ISBN 978-1-315-86782-3
  3. Psychological theory and Research on depression: an integrative framework and Review. In: Coyne JC, el. Essential papers on depression, Newyork University Press, 1985: 331-65
  4. Martin CJ et al. Psychosocial stress and puerperal depression. Journal of affective disorders
  5. Michael Gelder;Denis Gath; Richard Mayou and Philip Cpwen:Oxford Text Book of Psychiatry..Third Edition.
Students will be assessed on the basis of their overall performance in all the exams, quizzes, and class participation. Final numeric reward will be the compilation of:
  • Written class exam(final exam) (30%)
  • Assignment(final exam)(20%)
  • Final Presentation and viva(final exam) (20%)
  • Mid term Exam (20%)
  • Class attendance (10%)
[Class attendance is mandatory; failure to do so may result in deduction of final marks]
The following chart will be followed for grading. This has been customized from the guideline provided by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D F
90-100 85-89 80-84 75-79 70-74 65-69 60-64 55-59 50-54 45-49 0-44
* Numbers are inclusive
Students who are willing to audit the course are welcome during the first two classes and are advised to contact the instructor after that.
Plagiarism – that is, the presentation of another person’s thoughts or words as student’s own without appropriate acknowledgement–must be strictly avoided. Cheating and plagiarism on exam and assignments are unacceptable.
Please see the Green Book for further information about academic regulation and policies, including withdrawal and grading, appeals and penalties for plagiarism and academic misconduct.
Students with disabilities are required to inform the MPH program manager for any specific requirement for classes or examination as soon as possible.
Awarding of Incomplete or ‘I’ grades should be strongly discouraged. ‘I’ will only be allowed for students who have a valid reason (ascertained by the senior management). In situations where the student is unable to complete the course due to unanticipated illness or family emergency and has not attended at least 75% of the classes held, he/she will be asked to withdraw from that course and repeat it. In unavoidable circumstances where students have completed 75% of the classes but are unable to continue (due to illness or family emergency), incomplete grade of ‘I’ may be granted. Incomplete course has to be completed by the end of the next semester, otherwise grade ‘I’ automatically becomes grade ‘F’. The student is not required to register for the course in the next semester.
A ‘W’ grade means withdrawal. A student may decide to withdraw from a course by the University wide deadline. Students must apply to the Program Office for withdrawal from a course with the permission of the concerned course instructor, Academic Advisor, and the Dean. Withdrawal from only one course in a semester is allowed but the students should provide valid reason along with documents while applying for the withdrawal.
A student can misses a maximum of 8 classes for a particular course. After that the course will be automatically withdrawn. A student automatically withdrawn from a course will NOT be allowed to UNDO it under any circumstances.
Change of grade is strongly discouraged. However, an instructor may request a change of grade when a computational or procedural error occurred in the original assignment of a grade. Instructor must submit the ‘Grade Change Form’ to the respective program office within one month of submitting the final grade rolls. A Grade change has to be requested within 1 month of the day of publishing the grades.