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380.641.01 Prenatal and Infant Growth and Development


Population, Family and Reproductive Health
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Janet DiPietro
Course Instructor s:

Focuses on the core processes of physical growth and psychosocial development from conception through infancy. Addresses maturation, cognitive, social, and emotional development, and their assessment in the neonate and infant. Considers prenatal and postnatal risk factors for compromised growth and development, including the effects of prenatal teratogens and postnatal environmental factors.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Apply core concepts of basic biologic processes that guide growth and physical differentiation in humans to the embryonic, fetal, and infant periods
  2. Describe the core constructs of developmental science to functional development of the fetus, infant, and young child
  3. Identify factors that put individuals at risk for atypical growth and development, including biological and social risks
  4. Critically examine basic methodology and design of research on prenatal risk factors to evaluate the validity of journal article conclusions
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on two examinations and a short written assignment.

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required