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Seminar in Child Health


East Baltimore
4th term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 6:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
  • Peter Van Dyck
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. Describe children’s health, using a developmental, life-course, multiple-determinants framework that emphasizes population health, biological pathways, environmental influences and underlying principles of equity and justice
  2. Describe the translational process by which the “knowledge-base” is used to inform policy and practice, using the analytical tools of epidemiology, clinical pediatrics, health-services research, developmental and demographic sciences
  3. Compare approaches and solutions to these child health problems in other countries and the U.S.
  4. Apply policy analysis to solve child health problems
  5. Communicate policy analyses and evidence-based program approaches through written analytical reports & policy analyses, oral presentations, and research briefs targeted to relevant audiences
  6. Integrate information and methodological skills learned in other PFRH and school-wide courses to improve children’s health
  7. Use the methods of active learning in a seminar format to encourage “self-learning” rather than teaching
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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