380.616.01– Child Health Epidemiology: Trends, Impact of Interventions, and Controversies (P. Donohue) 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.
380.624.01- 380.624.81 – Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs (C. Minkovitz, E. Harvey) Analyzes the structure, organization, administration and management of social and health service programs serving the maternal and child health populations. Lectures, discussions, and analysis of current research and practice present the goals and impact of national programs such as Title V MCH/CSHCN, Medicaid/CHIP, Head Start, Family Planning, WIC/Nutrition, community/migrant health centers, child welfare, and of privately sponsored programs.
380.625 – Attitudes, Programs & Policies for Children with Special Health Care Needs (C. Minkovitz) Examines conceptual and epidemiological issues related to chronic illnesses and disabling conditions of childhood, including social and personal attitudes; epidemiology of serious health conditions; chronic illness or disability in the context of child and family development; implementing and evaluating community based programs; and the structure, function, administration, and management of major US governmental programs that serve children with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
380.640 – Children in Crisis: An Asset-Based Approach to Working With Vulnerable Youth (B. Marshall, T. Powell) Uses personal narratives, experienced practitioners, community leaders, and community members to expose students to a wide range of domestic and international youth welfare issues and interventions focused on education, violence, refugee resettlement, juvenile justice, and child protection. Utilizing an asset-based approach, the class highlights commonalities between international and domestic youth challenges. Class sessions feature ample discussion, expert lecturers, youth voices, and an examination of existing programs in and out of Baltimore City.
380.642.81 – Child Health and Development (R. Blum) Focuses on the core processes of growth and development in early to middle childhood. Considers developmental theories, issues and research findings related to physical growth and cognitive, emotional, and social development. Considers appropriate instruments to assess growth and development. Evaluates efficacy of popular early intervention programs designed to enhance development in at-risk populations of children.
380.661 – Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Neonatal Health (P. Donohue, D. Strobino) Presents morbidity and mortality in the mother, fetus, and newborn and the health care practices utilized to prevent, diagnose, and treat this morbidity. Guest speakers in clinical care present lectures from the clinical perspective; course instructors present the public health perspective.
380.721 – Schools and Health (B. Marshall) Assesses the relation between school health programs and children’s health and educational outcomes using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eight-component framework for coordinated school health and evaluates research on the impact of school health programs on the outcomes for school age children. Uses a combination of introductory lectures, discussions, presentations, and a school site visit, to help students apply the fundamental concepts of school health to public health and education system issues and to expose them to practical program implementation challenges related to provision of health services in a school setting.
380.740.81 – Nutrition Programs, Policies, Politics in the United States: The Impact on Maternal, Child and Family Health (D. Paige, S. Gross) Addresses nutrition programs, policies, and politics in the US, and their impact on economically disadvantaged mothers, children, and families. Defines and explores food insecurity. Examines nutrition programs directed at high-risk populations. Reviews the administrative and political considerations of nutrition programs and discusses the nutritional impact on health, growth and development. Discusses corporate and commercial interests, their role in shaping the political discussion and their impact on food and nutrition policy.
380.742 – Family Health, Public Health and Policy (A. Riley) Focuses on understanding how programs and policies are likely to affect the capacities of families to develop and maintain health, and on teaching students to apply analytic methods to evaluate the relative value and impact of various programs or policies.
380.744.81 – Nutrition and Growth in Maternal and Child Health (D. Paige, S. Gross) Examines the impact of nutritional status on growth, development, intellectual performance, health status, and the onset and progress of chronic diseases. Considers ethnic, cultural, and environmental issues related to food intake as well as the relationship between physical activity and health. Examines the origin and basis for the identification and assessment of community need using the national nutrition monitoring system. Reviews federally funded nutrition program outcomes and their policy implication.
380.762.81 – HIV Infection in Women, Children & Adolescents (H. Brahmbhatt) Presents the epidemiology of AIDS and HIV infection, risk factors, and social context for women, children, and adolescents, demonstrating how the epidemic in these three populations are linked biologically, epidemically, socially, and politically. Discusses prevention issues, the theoretical bases of prevention programs, and programatic and policy issues. Emphasizes the epidemiological and behavioral factors that have shaped the current epidemic of HIV infection. Expert guest speakers present their work.
380.765.81 – Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children (M. Matone) Focuses on the historical problems and interventions associated with infant mortality. Describes the scientific basis for infant mortality and analyzes causes and consequences in a population and development of a programmatic and policy approach.
Child Health Courses Available in Other Departments
221.627 – Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries (L. Bartlett, L. Mullany) Reviews fundamental components of strategies for the reduction of maternal mortality and disease. Topics include reviews of clinical basis of maternal complications, maternal mortality measurement, community-level interventions, behavior change interventions, use of traditional birth attendants and program planning, monitoring and evaluation. Emphasis is on the current strategies believed to be effective, and review of previous strategies.
223.663 – Infectious Diseases and Child Survival (A. Ruff, K. Talaat) Reviews the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in the developed and developing world, and introduces intervention strategies. Reviews infectious disease problems contributing to childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide, including (but not limited to) HIV, TB, polio, tetanus, diarrheal disease, ARI, helminth infections, and measles. Emphasizes epidemiology, strategies for prevention and control, and differences between developed and developing countries.
330.640 – Childhood Victimization (E. Letourneau) Examines childhood victimization across a wide spectrum of victimizations, including sexual and physical abuse, peer and sibling assaults, witnessing domestic violence and verbal abuse and neglect. Acquaints students with the epidemiology of childhood victimization, reviews existing victim and perpetrator-focused interventions, and explores established emerging prevention strategies. Reviews legal policies aimed at reducing childhood victimization, their strengths and weaknesses, and challenges to the notion that childhood victimization is, or can be, effectively addressed solely or primarily via criminal justice interventions.
410.752 – Children, Media and Health (L. Lagasse) Participants examine children’s use of media and its impact on health. Using a developmental perspective, this course considers different aged children (from preschoolers to teenagers), multiple media formats (print, radio, television, computer games and the internet) and various health concerns (food preferences, consumerism, smoking, violence, weight, and sexuality).
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