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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Iva Zovkic

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Department of Social Sciences HLTB02 ISSUES IN CHILD HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT Fall 2012 Meeting Time: Wednesdays 9:00 11:00am Meeting Room: HW216 Professor: Caroline Barakat-Haddad Office: MW210 Phone: (416) 208 2700 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00am12:00pm (exceptions on September 12, September 26, and November 7) and Trdrsdays 8:00-9:00am (except for September 27) up to and including December 3 . Office hours are also available by appointment. Tutorial Times: Tuesdays at 9:00am, 10:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore bio-social aspects of health and development in children. Drawing on multi-disciplinary research, this course will survey several topics related to child health and development. Topics for discussion include genetics and development, growth and development, the immune system, measures of child health and cognitive development, determinants of child health, nutrition during early years, childhood diseases, and the economic aspects of child health and development. In addition, this course will survey special issues in global child health in developing countries, such as poverty, famine, and the HIV epidemic. The course is divided into three sections. The first section provides an overview of concepts related to child health and development. The second section focuses on factors that impact child health, whereas the third section addresses childhood diseases and the economic impacts of these outcomes. Together, these sections provide valuable knowledge that allows for a comprehensive understanding of the risks and protective factors that impinge on child health and development. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: To develop an understanding of the relationship between genetics and the environment in relation to child growth and development To develop the ability to apply concepts of the Ecological Model of Child Development to various child health issues To understand various risks and protective factors that impinge on child development To get acquainted with various measures of child health outcomes To develop an understanding of various determinants of child health including pre-natal exposures, psychosocial factors, and nutrition during early years 1 To develop an understanding of common childhood diseases and global child health concerns To appreciate the economic benefits of undertaking prevention programmes that target childrens health and development. COURSE MATERIALS: The main textbook for this course is Children by Irwin Kail R. And Zolner T., 3 rd edition, Pearson Education Canada. This textbook is available for purchase at the U of T Bookstore. A course reader is also available for purchase at the University bookstore. The reader contains many of the required readings. In addition, other required readings will be posted on the BlackBoard course page. A list of the required readings for each lecture is included starting on page 4 of this syllabus. The BlackBoard course page will also contain the PowerPoint slides from each lecture, USUALLY posted within 48 hours after the lecture. COURSE EVALUATION: There will be four major evaluations for this course: a) Course assignment 26% Detailed information about the assignment will be given to you during your scheduled tutorial session on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. This will be a scaffolded assignment with Part 1 due on October 9 (worth 8%) and the final assignment due on November 6 (worth 18%). ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR SCHEDULED TUTORIA
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