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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Arik Marcell
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Synthesizes knowledge acquired across a range of courses in adolescent health and development and focuses that knowledge in a public health framework from both a domestic and international perspective. Explores ethical issues in research with adolescents, cultural competency in adolescent health and the impact of policy on adolescent health using case studies and interactive discussion.

Learning Objective(s):

At the end of this course a successful student will: 1. Describe ethical issues in research with adolescents (e.g., minor consent; parental notification; research with especially vulnerable populations; certificates of confidentiality); 2. Describe ethical issues that typically impact adolescent health practice; 3. Develop the basis for a strong personal practice of ethics related to performing research with adolescents; 4. Identify and interpret the most common ethical questions raised by research with teens; 5. Develop strategies that will increase the likelihood that research proposals will be approvable from an IRB/research ethics perspective; 6. Have the skills to write & develop IRB protocols including consent forms involving research in adolescents; 7. Discuss ethical issues in the context of IRB protocols concerning research in adolescents; 8. Describe the role cultural identity plays in one’s understanding of researcher perspectives/assumptions and those of culturally divergent subjects in adolescent health; 9. Apply a conceptual approach and describe the role health policies play in improving adolescent health using industrialized and developing world examples (e.g., Title X, graduated driver licensure, school health policies); 10. Synthesize information learned via short presentations.

Methods of Assessment: Attendance, class preparation, class discussion, and assignments including presentations and written assignment.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday 9:00 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Maximum: 15
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduates
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail