380.626.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
F 8:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Peter Van Dyck
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • understand children’s health, using a developmental, life-course, multiple-determinants framework that emphasizes population health, biological pathways, environmental influences and underlying principles of equity and justice.
    • understand the translational process by which the “knowledge-base” is used to inform policy and practice, using the analytical tools of epidemiology, clinical pediatrics, health-services research, developmental and demographic sciences.
    • learn the skills of policy analysis and apply these to solve child health problems.
    • learn to communicate policy analyses and evidence-based program approaches through written analytical reports & policy analyses, oral presentations, and research briefs targeted to relevant audiences.
    • integrate information and methodological skills learned in other PFRH and school-wide courses to improve children’s health.
    • use the methods of active learning in a seminar format to encourage “self-learning” rather than teaching.
  • Course Description

    This course uses a seminar format to explore children’s health outcomes and to understand factors that promote optimal health for children, from infancy through adolescence.  Child health issues may include assessing child health status; trends in child survival, morbidity and chronic illness; child nutrition; environmental exposures and their consequences; injury and violence; immunizations and infectious diseases; chronic diseases and disabilities; and access to health care; among others.   The course explores the underlying determinants and problem characteristics for children in the U.S. and other advanced nations as well as for those in developing countries.  Students will examine literature from several fields, including epidemiology, health services research, policy analysis, developmental and social sciences, and intervention research, to better understand and address the multidimensional aspects of these health problems among children everywhere.

  • Intended Audience
    Masters and doctoral students; no undergraduates. Course is intended, primarily, for MPH students in the Child and Adolescent Health Concentration and PFRH masters and doctoral students in the Child and Adolescent Health Track.
  • Methods of Assessment
    class participation, presentation, and written assignments.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Short papers (20%)
    Final policy paper (40%)
    Presentation (20%)
    Participation (20%)
  • Prerequisites
    While there are no formal prerequisite courses required, some previous course work on the health of children and women is desirable.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Permission of the instructor is required. Contact

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    None.  All readings will be posted to the CoursePlus site.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

    Session 1:  Introductory Lectures & Discussion

    Session 2:  Policy Analysis & Making Policy

    Session 3:  Making Policy & The Translational Process from Research

    Session 4:  Making Policy for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)

    Session 5:  The Political Environment & Thoughts on Leadership

    Session 6:  Student Presentations

    Session 7:  Student Presentations

    Session 8:  Student Presentations & Course Wrap-up

  • 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.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    TA: Deana Around Him, ScM, DrPH Candidate

    Primary Faculty:  Peter van Dyck, MD MPH

  • 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