This is the syllabus used in conjunction with educational content offered by JHSPH. As a result, some of the information and/or materials listed here may not be relevant to or available for an OCW user's self-directed study.


Course Description

Introduces and examines the basic prinicples which guide growth and development and the health of individuals across the lifespan, from the prenatal period through senescence. Presents methodological, conceptual and substantive issues necessary for understanding and evaluating empirically based information about growth, development and health at different stages of life and from different academic perspectives. Course covers several themes, including contributions of biological and environmental factors to health and human development, measuring the health of individuals in communities, understanding determinants and consequences of health and development across the lifespan, measuring population health and assessing the implications of health disparities.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:


A list of required readings is shown on the Readings page, and a full printer-friendly list is also available.

Course Requirements


> Summary of Major Assignments

Assignment 1: A 1,000-word paper.

Assignment 2: A 1,000-word paper.

Assignment 3: This assignment involves a group component and an individual component. Groups will develop a PowerPoint presentation, post it on the BBS, and present it during the final LiveTalk session. As part of the individual component, each student will write a 1,000-word paper on one of the aspects of the presentation.

Exercise/Discussions: The exercise discussions in the course (see schedule for details) provide opportunities for in depth review of several course topics.