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This subject provides an overview and practical guidelines to address child health issues among disadvantaged populations and in low resources settings. Key issues addressed include: acute respiratory illness, diarrhoea diseases, peri natal conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and communicable diseases. These issues are investigated from the perspectives of public health practice in a range of countries that represent different levels of economic development.
The subject highlights the lifecycle approach to understanding child health, which acknowledges the role of inter-generational health status and other socio-environmental influences in the different stages of development. Students will develop an understanding of how child health is shaped by key associations such as the health of the mother and the role of the family. They will also consider how global development frameworks and country level health systems influence child health. Students will develop an understanding of how child health is shaped by key associations such as the health of the mother and the role of the family; but also, global development frameworks and country level health systems. In this subject, students will develop the skills to critically analyse and appraise recent research into child health and child health programming efforts seeking to achieve global development and health goals.
Intended learning outcomes
- Appraise the extent, impact, causes of, and responses to, key child health challenges globally;
- Critique inequities in global child health, and how such inequities are shaped by broader social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;
- Analyse the importance of the life-cycle approach to child health;
- Identify current conceptual frameworks guiding child health programming globally, including the promotion of child development and child human rights;
- Assess the influence of country level health systems, and global frameworks and institutions on child health programming;
- Critique current peer-reviewed literature and child health programming using the conceptual frameworks introduced in the subject.
- Critical and empathic thinking
- Inter-disciplinary collaboration and team work
- Oral communication skills
Last updated: 10 November 2019