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380.604.81 Life Course Perspectives On Health

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Robert Blum
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning.


Teaches students to frame public health issues using a life course perspective. Introduces and examines basic principles of human development across the life span, from the prenatal period through senescence, and the idea that health outcomes reflect developmental processes. Provides a conceptual framework with which to understand the interrelationships among biological, psychological, and social factors and their influence on development and health. Also illustrates the application of this perspective to gain a critical understanding of public health issues.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the components of a life course perspective on health, the advantages of using this approach in public health, and the challenges involved in doing so
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowldedge of the life course and human development and its relationship to individual health. In particular, students should be able to identify the meaning and measurement of "health" at particular life stages and articulate inte
  3. Develop a conceptual framework illustrating a life course approach to a specific outcome of concern to public health
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on three assignments and class participation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required