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Evidence and Opportunities to Mitigate Childhood Adversity and Promote Well-Being


3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Monday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Christina Bethell
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Science shows both adverse and positive childhood experiences strongly influence healthy development and adult health. Nearly half of US children face adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and breakthrough neurobiological sciences explain mechanisms linking ACEs to markedly higher rates of physical, mental, emotional and behavioral health problems, such as those are experienced by the 1 in 5 US children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Understanding the science, epidemiology, programs and policies relevant to childhood adversity and approaches to promote well-being amid adversity for all children and CSHCN is critical to the health of the public.

Introduces students to a range of scientific, programmatic and policy evidence related to childhood adversity and well-being. Examines evidence-based interventions and common elements of approaches to both prevent and mitigate the impact of adversity and promote resilience and well-being among children, families and communities. Interventions and programs will focus on communities, public health and health care settings, with a special focus on young children and children with special health care needs. Evaluates policies, frameworks, interventions and research drawing on conceptual models and evidence related to the successful implementation and scaling of public health and services programs and policies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss frameworks, measurement and epidemiological issues related to assessing and addressing childhood adversity and trauma and promoting healing and resilience
  2. Analyze common elements of evidence-based approaches to prevent and mitigate the consequences of childhood adversity and promote well-being among children
  3. Evaluate existing and emerging policies and programs intending to reduce adversity and promote child resilience and well-being in communities, health care and other settings
  4. Incorporate community and family perspectives in considering strategies to address childhood adversity and promote child well-being
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% 1-2 page reflection write up
  • 25% Participation
  • 60% Two Written Exercises

Instructor Consent:

No consent required