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Concentration in Child & Adolescent Health

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Olga Joos
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Gregory Tung
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Luca Passerini
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Marie Curry
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Daniel Ehlman
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Besides friendships, my classmates provided me with a seemingly endless source of knowledge.
-Daniel Ehlman

The MPH concentration in Child & Adolescent Health (CAH) focuses on understanding the developmental and health issues and health status of children and adolescents across the globe, the nature and scope of the multiple determinants of their health status, and the range of public health programs to address the health and well-being of children and their families. Students participating in the CAH concentration will be assigned a faculty advisor with similar interests and will be assisted in developing an understanding in the following critical areas based on their coursework, their capstone and the required CAH concentration seminars.

Competencies Gained

  • The concept of child/adolescent health, and the determinants of child and adolescent health status in industrialized and resource-limited settings, including socio-economic, demographic, developmental, behavioral, cultural, political and environmental determinants.
  • Current basic understanding of specific health problems of children and adolescents, including obesity and other nutritional issues, injury, infectious diseases and HIV, chronic and disabling conditions, adolescent health concerns, and others.
  • The design, development, implementation and evaluation of public health programs to improve the health and well-being of children, including immunization programs, child survival strategies, primary health care, health promotion and disease prevention efforts, including those that target HIV/AIDS, and injury prevention.




Course of Study

Students are required to complete a total of six courses for the CAH Concentration:
xxx.840Special Study in Child Health1 credit2nd and 3rd terms
One course from the following:
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health*4 credits1st term

[Internet - 1st term]

380.744Nutrition and Growth in Maternal & Child Health2 creditsInternet - 1st term
380.642Child Health & Development3 creditsInternet - 2nd term
380.623Adolescent Health & Development3 creditsInternet - 3rd term
One course from the following:
221.640Children in Crisis3 credits3rd term
223.680Global Disease Control Programs & Policies4 credits4th term [Internet - 2nd term]
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4 credits2nd term
380.765Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants and Children3 creditsInternet - 4th term
223.663Infectious Diseases and Child Survival3 credits3rd term
And at least two of the following courses:
301.645Health Advocacy3 credits4th term
380.742Family Health, Public Health, and Policy3 credits4th term
380.612Applications in Program Monitoring and Evaluation4 credits4th term
380.725The Social Context of Adolescent Health & Development3 credits4th term
380.762HIV Infection in Women, Children, and Adolescents4 creditsInternet - 4th term
222.641Principles of Human Nutrition*4 credits1st term (conflicts with onsite Life Course Perspective in the 1st term)
380.624Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs4 creditsInternet - 2nd term
380.662Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal, & Reproductive Health4 credits2nd term
222.655Nutrition and Life Stages3 credits3rd term
380.611Fundamentals of Program Evaluation4 credits3rd term
380.625Attitudes, Programs, and Policies for Children with Special Health Care Needs3 credits3rd term
221.645Large Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs3 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
222.649International Nutrition3 credits4th term [Internet - 4th term]
222.657Food and Nutrition Policy2 credits1st term
222.642Assessment of Nutritional Status3 credits2nd term
305.610Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention2 credits1st term
221.611Food/Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies2 credits4th term
330.640Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective3 credits4th term
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and BeyondVariable credits2nd term
380.740Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the US: The Impact on Maternal, Child and Famil Health3 creditsInternet - 2nd term
223.662Vaccine Development and Assessment4 credits2nd term [Internet - 2nd term]
222.647Nutrition Epidemiology3 credits3rd term
223.687Vaccine Policy Issues3 credits3rd term
410.654Health Communications Programs I: Planning and Strategic Design (Multiterm course)4 credits3rd and 4th terms
410.752Children, Media and Health3 credits3rd term
318.654Adolescents, Crime and Justice4 credits3rd term
380.721Schools and Health3 credits4th term
380.747International Adolescent Health3 creditsInternet - 4th term
380.749Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health3 credits4th term
380.845Seminar in Adolescent Health3 credits4th term
222.654Food Culture and Nutrition4 credits4th term

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Capstone Experience

The MPH capstone experience in Child & Adolescent Health involves the application of the skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to the solution of public health practice problems confronted in efforts to improve children’s health.

The capstone experience has both a written and oral presentation component. Several options are available to complete this requirement. Students should discuss the capstone with their advisor before the beginning of the 2nd term to allow the completion of a successful capstone product by the middle of 4th term. During the monthly CAH noon seminars, we will periodically focus on capstone progress.

Students are required to register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800) in the 4th term. The capstone oral presentation for students in this concentration will be done during 4th term CAH concentration lunch seminars.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Andrea Ruff, MD, Associate Professor, International Health, 410-955-1633,

Susan Gross, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, Population, Family & Reproductive Health, 410-614-4848,