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Adolescent Health and Development

3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Robert Blum

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Lectures on research findings and issues present biological, psychological, and social aspects of normal adolescent growth and development as a framework for viewing a variety of adolescent health problems and their social and biological effects. Also considers programmatic needs of the adolescent.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss the biological and psychological developmental processes that occur during adolescence and puberty
  2. Identify major health concerns affecting adolescents in both the domestic and international domains
  3. Frame major health concerns affecting adolescents within a conceptual framework to discuss their key determinates that include risk and protective factors within the biological, social, cultural, behavioral, political and environmental domains
  4. Analyze major health concerns affecting adolescents and evidence based interventions in an effort to recommend effective strategies to improve the health of adolescents
  5. Explore four topical areas (reproductive health, adolescents with disabilities, substance use and juvenile justice) in depth to discuss the interplay of key determinates in different settings through guest speakers and case studies
  6. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking by preparing a written report on a major health concern affecting adolescents that includes a description of the magnitude of the concern, a conceptual framework and a recommended intervention
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Paper(s)
  • 44% Final Paper
  • 27% Discussion Board
  • 9% LiveTalks

Instructor Consent:

No consent required