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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Robert Blum
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Lectures on research findings and issues present biological, psychological, and social aspects of normal adolescent growth and development as a framework for viewing a variety of adolescent health problems and their social and biological effects. Also considers programmatic needs of the adolescent.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss the biological and psychological developmental processes that occur during adolescence and puberty
Identify major health concerns affecting adolescents in both the domestic and international domains
Frame major health concerns affecting adolescents within a conceptual framework to discuss their key determinates that include risk and protective factors within the biological, social, cultural, behavioral, political and environmental domains
Analyze major health concerns affecting adolescents in an effort to recommend effective interventions to improve the health of adolescent
Explore four topical areas (reproductive health, adolescents with disabilities, substance use and juvenile justice) in depth to discuss the interplay of key determinates in different settings through guest speakers and case studies
Effectively moderate panels of guest speakers as part of the topic specific case studies
Work in multi-disciplinary teams to create a poster presentation on a major health concerns affecting adolescents, which includes creating a poster board for visual display and a brief oral presentation similar to those conducted at professional conferences
Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking by preparing a written report on a major health concern affecting adolescents that includes a description of the magnitude of the concern, a conceptual framework and a recommended intervention

Methods of Assessment: exams and papers
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail