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Course Descriptions

HED 116 - Issues in Child Development and Health

3 Credits

This course examines the influence of the social determinants of health/social factors on health content areas defined by the New York State Education Department. The course emphasizes research methodology in the social sciences, and critical reasoning, including argument analysis and development, to address critical health issues such as biological, psychological, cognitive, and sociological development, childhood stress, nutrition, physical activity, mental and emotional health, human sexuality, safety, violence, child abuse, death, family life, and environmental factors. The course will also integrate theories related to human behavior and include the creation of a wellness plan from an educator’s or caregiver’s perspective to serve as role modeling for youth, and provide the opportunity for certification in identifying and reporting suspected child abuse/maltreatment, and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education.

New SUNY General Education: SUNY - Critical Thinking and Reasoning Competency, SUNY - Social Sciences

MCC General Education: MCC-HW - Health and Wellness (MHW), MCC-VE - Values and Ethics (MVE)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Examine theories and models related to child health and development to formulate strategies for addressing child health issues across domains of health.
2. Distinguish the influence of the social determinants of health on primary, secondary, or tertiary levels of prevention.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method/the research process used in social sciences as it applies to child health and behavior across diverse populations, including limitations such as perspective and bias.
4. Utilize critical thinking with evidence-based research to analyze data and develop arguments to support decision making for youth within physical, intellectual, emotional, social, environmental, or spiritual domains, across diverse populations.
5. Recognize factors such as the influence of family, schools, and communities that contribute to health-related choices and responsible decision making for youth across diverse populations.
6. Choose strategies for preventing, identifying, and reporting various types of child abuse and neglect for mandated or non-mandated reporters.
7. Compare violence prevention measures and appropriate responses to threats and acts of violence stemming from issues related to gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in society.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023