Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Year GEP 1 GEP/HD: Human Development


During this module you will be introduced to most aspects of normal and variations from normal human development from conception and fertilisation through to old age from a scientific, developmental and psychological viewpoint.

The course aims to ensure familiarity with the following aspects of human development: 

1.       The basic structure and anatomy of the pelvic region.

2.       The events of embryonic development.

3.       The changes that occur at puberty.

4.       The factors that allow for fertilisation, implantation and normal pregnancy.

5.       The process of birth and the physiological changes that occur in the baby.

6.       The factors that can cause problems with conception, fetal wellbeing,   

          pregnancy and labour, and their mechanisms of action.

7.       Normal growth and development before and after birth and mechanisms

         for preventing disease.

8.       Breast and bottle feeding.

9.       The function of the various agencies that work with children, both

          statutory and voluntary.

10.     The normal social, cognitive, language and emotional development of childhood and adolescence.

11.     The deviations from normal cognitive, language and emotional development of childhood and adolescence, and to identify children with developmental delay.

12.     Contraception and the control of fertility.

13.     The physiological and psychological changes that occur as a result of ageing.

14.     The medical, legal and ethical aspects of caring for children, and the range of services on offer.

15.     The major causes of mortality and morbidity at different ages in childhood.

16.     Health issues throughout the life course.

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