Course DescriptionThis interactive online course provides core knowledge and skills to understand global challenges in child development, including topics of health, education, and human rights. It aims to expand student's understanding of the interconnected factors that influence child development and health, including extreme poverty, disease incidence and prevalence, healthcare access, social changes, conflict, and advances in gender equality. Students are provided with the opportunities to learn conceptual frameworks of maternal and child health, barriers to health care and education for children, and environmental influences on child development. Students learn to apply child development theory, clinical training, and feasible interventions to working with vulnerable children and resource limited communities, particularly as they relate to education and child life. This course may count toward an elective option for child life certification, but does not fit the criteria for a "child development" course.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Comprehend interconnected factors that influence children's health and development globally
- Apply child development theory to diverse populations, environments, and health conditions
- Develop cultural competence to be effective working with children and families from different cultures and belief systems
- Identify differences between communicable and non-communicable diseases prevalent outside the U.S.
- Understand professional roles and the importance of empowering community health workers to gain appropriate training and skill-sets
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child Life (ONLINE) : Electives (16 units)