ATTITUDES, PROGRAMS, AND POLICIES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- discuss conceptual and epidemiological issues related to chronic illnesses and disabling conditions of childhood, including social and personal attitudes
- consider chronic illness in the context of child and family development
- describe the major US governmental programs which serve children with disabilities and chronic illnesses
Course DescriptionExamines 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.
Intended AudienceGraduate and undergraduate public health students
Methods of Assessment
Student evaluation based on active class participation in seminar format and two written assignments.
Additional Faculty Notes:
2 Press Releases (20 points each; due 2/4/14 and 2/27/14)
1 Home visit with submission of 1-2 page reflections on visit (10 points; due 3/11/14)
Participation in class, defined as reasonably consistent evidence that you have done the readings and prepared the study questions (25 points). For 5 sessions focused on particular federal programs, students will submit 1 page write ups identifying issues of critical concern to providers, families, and policy makers (5 points each, 25 points; due 2/4, 2/13, 2/18, 2/25, 2/27)
Additional Faculty Notes:
Readings will be available through the course web site.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Academic Ethics Code
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Welcome MessageThis course introduces students to a range of epidemiologic, policy, and programmatic issues related to children with special needs in the United States. We will discuss major government programs serving children with special needs and examine some of the ethical choices, both implicit and explicit, guiding the development and evolution of these programs over time. This course will be of interest to public health professionals interested in policies and programs impacting children with special needs.
Session 1: January 21, 2014 Examining One’s Beliefs and Values
Session 2: January 23, 2014 Definitions and Epidemiological Issues
Session 3: January 28, 2014 Use and Cost of Services
Session 4: January 30, 2014 No Class
Session 5: February 4, 2014 Systems Context and Public Insurance
Session 6: February 6, 2014 Commercial Insurance
Session 7: February 11, 2014 No Class
Session 8: February 13, 2014 Child Welfare
Session 9: February 18, 2014 IDEA
Session 10: February 20, 2014 Transitions to Adulthood
Session 11: February 25, 2014 Title V and SSI
Session 12: February 27, 2014 Newborn Screening
Session 13: March 4, 2014 Care Coordination and Medical Home
Session 14: March 6, 2014 Needs Assessment
Session 15: March 11, 2014 New Populations
Session 16: March 13, 2014 Families as Advocates
Contact Information(from old syllabus)
Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP
Office: Hygiene - E4636
Disability Support ServicesIf you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.