Course: Life Course Perspectives on Health

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Lecture Materials

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Part 1: Foundations

» Lecture 1: The Life Course, Human Development, and Health; Contexts, Causation, and Conceptualization (M.E. Hughes)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D - Part E

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D - Part E

Learning Objectives: After studying theses materials students will be able to do the following:

  • To define the life course perspective on health and review its origins To introduce concepts of human development
  • To conceptualize health as a developmental outcome
  • To present and illustrate determinants of human development.
  • To present and illustrate multilevel approaches to health causation.
  • To establish principles of causation.
  • To introduce conceptual frameworks as a tool for research and intervention.
  • To provide guidelines for building conceptual frameworks.

» Lecture 2: Cross Cutting Themes, Methodology and the Life Course Perspective in Public Health (M.E. Hughes)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

Learning Objectives: After studying theses materials students will be able to do the following:

  • To define and explain substantive themes in the life course approach to health
  • To introduce and illustrate methodological challenges to implementing the life course approach in health research and practice
  • To elaborate the uses of the life course perspective in public health

» Lecture 3: Multilevel and Life Course Approaches to Obesity (Robert Blum)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C

Learning Objectives: After studying theses materials students will be able to do the following:

  • Take a public health problem and parce it out by the multiple factors that contribute to its prevalence and impact
  • Understand the factors, starting with preconception, fetal growth and development, infancy, childhood and adolescence, that contribute to and impact the condition into adulthood and later life
  • Apply this model to issues beyond obesity

Part 2: Health and Development over the Life Course

» Lecture 4: Fetal Health and Development (Robert Blum)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

» Lecture 5: Early Childhood: Survival, Growth, and Development (Robert Blum)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C

» Lecture 6: Health and Development of School Age Children (Robert Blum)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D - Part E

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D - Part E

» Lecture 7: Adolescent Development (Robert Blum)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C

» Lecture 8: Health in Adulthood (M.E. Hughes)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

» Lecture 9: Health and Functioning in Later Life (M.E. Hughes)

Slides: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D

MP3s: Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D