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To date, international adolescent health has been addressed with the confines of specific issues such as sexual reproductive health or HIV and AIDS. This subject provides a comprehensive picture of emerging health issues for adolescents in developing countries whilst maintaining a strong focus on sexual and reproductive health inclusive of HIV and AIDS.
Topics include: sexual and reproductive health programming initiatives, HIV and AIDS, key stages of adolescent health and development, socio-cultural determinants in adolescent health, drug and alcohol use and mental health. Evidence-based approaches covered in the course include: youth friendly health services, school-based approaches, parent-specific programming, peer education and participatory based programming. Examples of program innovation will also be highlighted.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Critique a number of frameworks used to address adolescent health needs;
- Apply these frameworks to the important health issues of young people in resource poor settings; and
- Develop strategies for effective engagement of young people and their communities to improve adolescent health and well being.
Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:
- Critical thinking and analysis,
- Working with others,
- Finding, evaluation and using relevant information,
- Written communication.
Last updated: 3 November 2022