Human Behavior in a Social Environment


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

7 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Human behavior in a social environment (HBSE) is a concept that serves as a cornerstone in the realm of social sciences, offering a comprehensive perspective on human behavior that extends across the biological, psychological, and social spectra. This activity provides a concise introduction to HBSE, unraveling its relevance to various forms of clinical work. Emphasizing the pivotal role of interprofessional teams, this activity elucidates how a profound grasp of HBSE can significantly enhance patient care by fostering a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted factors influencing human behavior.

Due to the breadth of this pivotal subject, HBSE extends beyond a mere discipline and often forms the backbone of entire courses and academic degrees. As implied by its name, HBSE delves deep into the understanding of human behavior, encompassing its myriad contributors and characteristics. This activity sheds light on the dynamic interplay between individuals and their social environments, navigating through various levels and systems that shape human behavior. Learners will emerge equipped with valuable insights into the interface between human behavior and intricate social structures, fostering a holistic perspective applicable across diverse fields of medicine.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify key concepts within human behavior in a social environment to recognize the diverse contributors and characteristics influencing human behavior.

  • Differentiate between the various functions of human behavior in a social environment, understanding how they manifest across diverse levels and systems within the social environment.

  • Identify 3 common theories applicable to the concept of human behavior in a social environment, recognizing their foundational concepts and principles.

  • Communicate effectively with members of the interprofessional team, sharing insights derived from human behavior in a social environment to improve patient care coordination and optimize clinical outcomes.


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In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Social Workers: StatPearls, LLC designates this continuing education activity for 2.00 ASWB ACE credit(s) for social workers. Social Workers should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Method of Participation and Credit

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  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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