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380.604.01 Life Course Perspectives On Health

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
M.E. Hughes
Course Instructor s:

Teaches students to frame public health issues using a multilevel, life course perspective. Provides a conceptual framework with which to understand the development of health over time and the interrelated effects of biological, psychological, and social factors on health. Elaborates and illustrates the framework by considering health in specific life stages, highlighting multilevel, life course influences on health, processes by which social influences “get under the skin”, and multilevel, life course approaches to research and practice. Students create a conceptual framework illustrating the application of the framework to a public health outcome their choice.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the foundations of a multilevel life course approach to health determinants
  2. Identify the elements of an effective conceptual framework
  3. Discuss key health influences over the life course and the pathways and processes by which these influences shape health
  4. Describe examples of health interventions informed by a multilevel life course perspective
  5. Create a conceptual framework that communicates a multilevel life course perspective on a specific public health outcome
  6. Analyze the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of applying a multilevel life course perspective to a specific public health outcome.
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation on written comments about assigned readings (posted to wiki), participation in Live Talks, and the development of a conceptual framework illustrating a multilevel, life course perspective on a public health outcome of the student’s choice.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students must have instructor's permission to enroll in the class after the first week of the term.