Concentration in Child & Adolescent Health
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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.
- 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.840||Special Study in Child Health||1 credit||2nd and 3rd terms|
|One course from the following:|
|380.604||Life Course Perspectives on Health*||4 credits||1st term |
[Internet - 1st term]
|380.744||Nutrition and Growth in Maternal & Child Health||2 credits||Internet - 1st term|
|380.642||Child Health & Development||3 credits||Internet - 2nd term|
|380.623||Adolescent Health & Development||3 credits||Internet - 3rd term|
|One course from the following:|
|221.640||Children in Crisis||3 credits||3rd term|
|223.680||Global Disease Control Programs & Policies||4 credits||4th term [Internet - 2nd term]|
|221.627||Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries||4 credits||2nd term|
|380.765||Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants and Children||3 credits||Internet - 4th term|
|223.663||Infectious Diseases and Child Survival||3 credits||3rd term|
|And at least two of the following courses:|
|301.645||Health Advocacy||3 credits||4th term|
|380.742||Family Health, Public Health, and Policy||3 credits||4th term|
|380.612||Applications in Program Monitoring and Evaluation||4 credits||4th term|
|380.725||The Social Context of Adolescent Health & Development||3 credits||4th term|
|380.762||HIV Infection in Women, Children, and Adolescents||4 credits||Internet - 4th term|
|222.641||Principles of Human Nutrition*||4 credits||1st term (conflicts with onsite Life Course Perspective in the 1st term)|
|380.624||Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs||4 credits||Internet - 2nd term|
|380.662||Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal, & Reproductive Health||4 credits||2nd term|
|222.655||Nutrition and Life Stages||3 credits||3rd term|
|380.611||Fundamentals of Program Evaluation||4 credits||3rd term|
|380.625||Attitudes, Programs, and Policies for Children with Special Health Care Needs||3 credits||3rd term|
|221.645||Large Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs||3 credits||4th term [Internet - 4th term]|
|222.649||International Nutrition||3 credits||4th term [Internet - 4th term]|
|222.657||Food and Nutrition Policy||2 credits||1st term|
|222.642||Assessment of Nutritional Status||3 credits||2nd term|
|305.610||Issues in Injury and Violence Prevention||2 credits||1st term|
|221.611||Food/Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies||2 credits||4th term|
|330.640||Childhood Victimization: A Public Health Perspective||3 credits||4th term|
|380.720||Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond||Variable credits||2nd term|
|380.740||Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the US: The Impact on Maternal, Child and Famil Health||3 credits||Internet - 2nd term|
|223.662||Vaccine Development and Assessment||4 credits||2nd term [Internet - 2nd term]|
|222.647||Nutrition Epidemiology||3 credits||3rd term|
|223.687||Vaccine Policy Issues||3 credits||3rd term|
|410.654||Health Communications Programs I: Planning and Strategic Design (Multiterm course)||4 credits||3rd and 4th terms|
|410.752||Children, Media and Health||3 credits||3rd term|
|318.654||Adolescents, Crime and Justice||4 credits||3rd term|
|380.721||Schools and Health||3 credits||4th term|
|380.747||International Adolescent Health||3 credits||Internet - 4th term|
|380.749||Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health||3 credits||4th term|
|380.845||Seminar in Adolescent Health||3 credits||4th term|
|222.654||Food Culture and Nutrition||4 credits||4th term|
*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Gross, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, Population, Family & Reproductive Health, 410-614-4848, email@example.com