Course: Child Health and Development

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Course Description

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.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the critical domains of health and development during early and middle childhood
  • Apply developmental theory and research methods to a discussion of children's well-being
  • Explain the major determinants of health and development during childhood
  • Acquire skills needed to effectively communicate about child health and development research to policy makers and the public


Textbook: Shonkoff, J.P., Phillips D.A., (eds). From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Board on Children, Youth, and Families. National Research, Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, Council, Institute of Medicine. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. 2000.

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Course Requirements

  1. Discussion Group Leadership and participation (24%)
  2. Letter to the Editor (20%)
  3. Research Brief: (40%)
  4. Presentation of Research Briefs (10%)