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Child Health Epidemiology


East Baltimore
4th term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Pamela K. Donohue
Pamela Donohue

340.601 Principles of Epidemiology


Are you looking for a course dedicated to the health of children? Childhood health conditions and diseases have implications for health across the life course. Gain understanding of the current health threats to childhood well-being with emphasis on research challenges.

Explores conditions and diseases that compromise children’s health from birth (congenital anomalies) through adolescence (violence/bullying). Presents methodological challenges to estimating the burden of disease, including the strengths and weaknesses of standardized outcome measures. Analyzes preventive strategies and treatment modalities considering the social context of disease. Encourages creative thinking about needed research and discusses the public health implication of childhood disease. Focuses on domestic health but presents data on the global burden of childhood conditions/diseases, when available.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the current health conditions and diseases that threaten childhood well being
  2. Explain methodological challenges in child health epidemiology and how they influence research findings
  3. Critically review epidemiologic research concerning selected child health conditions
  4. Apply epidemiologic considerations to clinical and public health practice
  5. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation 10%; written assignments 84%; discussion questions 6%

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students.

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