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This course will explore the dynamic factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people around the world, and how important it is for individuals, communities and nations that we improve the health and life chances of this important population group. With over 25% of the world’s population aged between 10 and 24 years, today’s generation of young people is the largest in human history. As the future leaders and drivers of growth, productivity and innovation, young people are our greatest assets, and investment in their health and wellbeing has social, economic and other benefits that continue across the lifespan and into the next generation. In this course we will adopt a life-course framework to take a holistic view of youth health and wellbeing. We will explore changing patterns of adolescent health and development, including why adolescence is starting earlier and ending later; how puberty and adolescent brain development may shape future health; and how what happens in adolescence can affect the start to life for the next generation. We’ll also look at the major health and social issues affecting young people and ways of addressing these through policy, practice and programming. COURSE FORMAT: This course comprises short video lectures and interviews, required and recommended readings, online discussion, quizzes and written assignments. There is no required text for this course and all readings are provided. DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS COURSE? No- you may access 100% of material in this course for free. You are also welcome to do as much or as little of the course as you like, including all (or none!) of the assessment tasks- it all depends on your learning goals. The option to pay for this course is there for those who wish to receive a Course Certificate as evidence of completion (which does require you to attempt and successfully pass the assessment tasks). WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course will be relevant for anyone with an interest in the health and wellbeing of young people. You do not need to be of any particular personal or professional background to benefit from this course, but having some basic undergraduate study experience will be helpful to your learning (particularly if in a health related field). WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING I'LL LEARN IF I TAKE THIS COURSE? You’ll learn how so much of what happens during adolescence can impact not only the future health of individuals, but the health of the next generation as well. You’ll develop a greater understanding of the key factors impacting upon youth health and learn how to be a better advocate for the health and wellbeing of young people. View the MOOC promotional video here: http://tinyurl.com/z5l4mod...
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Suggested: 6-8 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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5 hours to complete

Week 1 - Introduction to adolescent health: developmental and ecological perspectives (Part I)

Welcome! Before getting started on this week’s content, be sure to review the materials under the ‘Introduction’ section below to help you get the most out of this course, whatever your learning goals may be. <br><br>This week we set the scene for adolescent health as a critical area of human health and development. We introduce the conceptual framework used throughout the course, which will assist greatly in building your learning across each week of material. We discuss different definitions of adolescence and young adulthood, and explore how the biological and social transitions associated with this period of life- and our understanding of them- have changed over time....
Reading
14 videos (Total 111 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
Week 1-2 Briefing with Susan Sawyer5m
1.1 Introduction: why adolescent health?7m
1.2 A conceptual framework for adolescent health14m
1.3 Definitions of adolescence9m
1.4 The changing shape of adolescence8m
1.5 Puberty and adolescent growth6m
1.6 Growth including brain development in adolescence7m
1.7 Puberty and health: part I3m
1.8 Puberty and health: part II7m
1.9 Role transitions: marriage and parenthood7m
1.10 Role transitions: contraceptives and condom use5m
1.11 Role transitions: education and employment7m
Interview with Dr Judith Diers (USA) 16m
Reading5 readings
Course overview15m
What to expect10m
Your teaching team5m
Week 1 outline & key readingsm
Start of course survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week one quiz (10% of your final grade)14m

2

Section
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4 hours to complete

Week 2 - Introduction to adolescent health: developmental and ecological perspectives (Part II)

This week we return to our conceptual framework and unpack the key concepts of social determinants of health and risk and protective factors. We explore what these terms mean and how they influence and shape adolescent health and development. We also begin to apply this knowledge at a practical level in terms of the interventions and actions we can take to improve or maintain health and wellbeing during the adolescent and young adult years, or prevent problems from happening in the first place....
Reading
13 videos (Total 155 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
2.2 Risk and protective factors: concepts9m
2.3 Risk and protective factors: implementation11m
2.4 Risk and protective factors: peer relationships6m
2.5 Risk and protective factors: families, education and communities8m
2.6 Social determinants of adolescent health: economic factors8m
2.7 Social determinants of adolescent health: human rights and gender13m
2.8 Social determinants of adolescent health: population displacement8m
2.9 Social determinants of adolescent health: advertising and marketing9m
2.10 Socially disadvantaged adolescents5m
Interview with Prof Craig Jeffrey (UK/Aus) 22m
Interview with Prof Rima Afifi (Lebanon/USA) 22m
Interview with Baroness Susan Greenfield (UK) 21m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 outline & key readingsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week two quiz (10% of your final grade)14m

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Section
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7 hours to complete

Week 3 - Major health problems of adolescents (Part I)

This week we explore our conceptual framework for adolescent health as it relates to health-related behaviours and states and health outcomes. By that we mean, how do the biological, social, economic and other influences that we have discussed so far play out in terms of adolescent health outcomes (e.g. death and disability) and behaviours (e.g. those relating to sexual activity or substance use)? What are the major health issues affecting young people around the world today, and how does this differ by region, gender and other variables? We will explore the latter question over the course of this week and next, with the focus this week predominantly on sexual and reproductive health and mental health. ...
Reading
18 videos (Total 151 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video18 videos
3.1 Adolescent mortality around the world7m
3.2 Adolescent mortality: causes of death3m
3.3 Adolescent disease burden6m
3.4 Adolescent mortality and disease burden: health actions4m
3.5 Sexual, reproductive and maternal health: an overview13m
3.6 Sexual, reproductive and maternal health: HIV and STIs7m
3.7 Sexual, reproductive and maternal health: SRH risks8m
3.8 Sexual, reproductive and maternal health: clinical and policy approaches9m
3.9 Adolescent mental health: an introduction5m
3.10 Mental health and substance abuse: a global picture7m
3.11 What happens to mental health problems?4m
3.12 Assessing and responding to mental health problems7m
3.13 Alcohol and illicit drugs5m
3.14 Mental health: responding to a young person4m
Interview with Dr Susan Kasedde (USA) 22m
Interview with Prof Vikram Patel (India / UK) 15m
Interview with Sarah Soysa (Sri Lanka) 12m
Reading2 readings
Week 3 outline & key readingsm
Academic integrity10m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Week 4 - Major health problems of adolescents (Part II)

This week continues last week's focus on the 'health-related behaviours and states' and 'health outcomes' components of our conceptual framework. We will discuss some of the other major health topics and issues affecting adolescents and young adults around the world today, including infectious diseases, chronic illness and disability, nutrition, physical activity and obesity. We will also highlight injury as a leading cause of death and major cause of disability in young people, and build on last week's discussion of sexual, reproductive and mental health. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 130 min), 1 reading
Video9 videos
4.2 Chronic illness and disability25m
4.3 Nutrition: micronutrient deficiency14m
4.4 Nutrition: macronutrients12m
4.5 Nutrition: health implications of under-nutrition12m
4.6 Nutrition: health implications of over-nutrition13m
4.7 Physical activity and inactivity12m
4.8 Injury risks11m
Interview with Prof Zulfiqar Bhutta (Canada / Pakistan)11m
Reading1 reading
Week 4 outline & key readingsm
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Top Reviews

By USJun 23rd 2017

Excellent course for those who have interest in the adolescent health. Everything has been so simplified. Highly recommended..

By DKDec 17th 2017

A Fantastic approach to Adolescent Medicine! Adheres to Best Practice.\n\nHighly recommended!

Instructors

Professor Susan Sawyer

Chair of Adolescent Health
Department of Paediatrics

Professor George Patton

Professorial Fellow
Adolescent Health Research

About The University of Melbourne

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • For this course, all you need is an internet connection and the time to read, write and discuss the health and wellbeing of young people and the exciting new developments in this field of global health.

  • No. The Course Certificate is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in youth health to a higher education institution or potential employer.

  • You’ll learn how so much of what happens during adolescence can impact not only the future health of individuals, but the health of the next generation as well. You’ll develop a greater understanding of the key factors impacting upon youth health and learn how to be a better advocate for the health and wellbeing of young people.

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