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380.626.01 Seminar in Child Health

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Peter Van Dyck
Course Instructor:
  • Peter Van Dyck

While there are no formal prerequisite courses required, some previous course work on the health of children and women is desirable.


Explores children’s health outcomes and factors that promote optimal health for children, from infancy through adolescence. Primarily focuses on the translational process by which child health sciences and research inform public policy and practice. Child health issues may include such topics as assessing child health status, morbidity and chronic illness; child nutrition; environmental exposures and their consequences; injury and violence; immunizations and infectious diseases; chronic diseases and disabilities; and access to and quality of health care. Explores the underlying determinants and health concerns for children in advanced nations and developing countries. Examines literature from several fields, including epidemiology, health services research, policy analysis, developmental and social sciences, and intervention research, to better understand and address these health problems among children.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define health problems among children, using a life-course child health and development framework that emphasizes population health and underlying principles and theories.
  2. Assess how the “knowledge-base” and the analytical tools of epidemiology, clinical pediatrics, health-services research, and developmental and demographic sciences are used to shape children’s policy and practice.
  3. Compare approaches and solutions to these child health problems in other countries and the U.S.
  4. Write analytical reports & policy analyses, develop program approaches to solving health problems and communicate these to relevant audiences.
  5. Integrate information and methodological skills learned in other PFRH and school-wide courses.
Methods of Assessment:

class participation, presentation, and written assignments.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Permission of instructor is required. Contact Dr. Van Dyck at

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