380.625.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Cynthia Minkovitz
  • 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 Description
    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.
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate 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)

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Readings will be available through the course web site.

  • Course Schedule

    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 Message
    This 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.
  • Course topics

    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
    Tel: 410-614-5106

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at