High-Risk Behaviour: Epidemiology and Prevention Strategies

High-Risk Behaviour: Epidemiology and Prevention Strategies
(Course #: 0158.1165)


Dr. Vaughan Rees (Harvard University) and Prof. Leah Rosen (TAU)

Date and Time:

July 7-14, 2022 

Th, S, Th: 14:00-18:30 | M, T: 14:00-19:00


Room TBA, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Final Exam:

July 15, 2022 | 9:00-11:00 | Room TBA



Credits: 2

Applications are closed

Course Syllabus

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Course Description

This course examines behaviors that place an individual at higher risk of injuries and mortality, including substance abuse, violence, and risky sexual behaviors. With a focus on adolescent risk behavior, the course covers developmental and environmental factors that support these behaviors, as well as the design, implementation, and review of evidence-based preventive interventions. Students are guided in the development of a prevention intervention to reduce a chosen adolescent substance use behavior problem.

In this course, we will examine the epidemiology of behaviors that place an individual at higher risk of injuries and mortality from adolescence through adulthood.

Emphasis will be placed on:

  1. Developmental and social factors that support these behaviors;
  2. Understanding the development and implementation of efficacious and effective preventive interventions including the preventive intervention research cycle; and
  3. Conceptualizing an intervention to prevent a high-risk behavior.


Participants must pass the final exam with a grade of at least 60 (D) to receive academic credit for the course. Non-credit participants are not required to take the final exam, but are expected to participate in team workshop and presentations.

Lecturers Bios

Vaughan Rees, PhD
Director, Center for Global Tobacco Control
Senior Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences

Leah Rosen, PhD, MSc
Chair, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University
Founder, Tobacco Control Research Forum, Tel Aviv University
​Chair, Tobacco Subcommittee, Healthy Israel 2020

Contact Information

International: Ms. Saritte Perlman | summersph@tauex.tau.ac.il​ | +972-(0)3-640-7796
Israeli: Hebrew Website

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