HELP announces graduate level course for January-April 2014

HELP is pleased to announce SPPH 581M: Seminar Series - Early Childhood Development as a Social Determinant of Health. January-April 2014, Thursdays from 1-4pm.

There is an extensive body of evidence linking adult health with processes and experiences that occur in early childhood. Micro, meso, and macro-system influences – from cell to society – may interact to differentially impact development over the life course. In this course, we will discuss ways that the interplay of early child development, early experiences, and societal influences lays the foundation for healthy development and lifelong health.

This advanced course provides students with a unique opportunity to learn in depth about critical controversies and current research trends in early child development, from interdisciplinary, applied, cross-cultural, and ecological perspectives.  The innovative course combines monthly seminars with research retreats at one of UBC’s world-class interdisciplinary research consortia, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). Students will be exposed to methodological, ethical, and theoretical debates in regard to early child development research that draws from life course paradigms as well as Indigenous Knowledge approaches. The course will be co-taught by HELP faculty and affiliated experts from different disciplines and cultures. Emphasis will be placed on critically examining how current research knowledge can be mobilized into community-based action and policies.

Students should have some background knowledge in child health and development, developmental theories (e.g., PSYCH 319, EPSE 501, EPSE 504), and/or social determinants of health (e.g., SPPH 527) or equivalent or approval from the course

Co-instructors are HELP's: Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Brenda Poon

For more information and to learn how to register for this seminar, please visit UBC's School of Population and Public Health Course listings.