New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Children With Special Health Care Needs Course Descriptions


DIS 6010 & DIS 6011 Overview of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities I & II (6 credits across two semesters)
This course examines issues related to assessment and treatment of children with, or at risk for, neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. It examines the broad context of healthcare systems and service delivery for children with disabilities from birth through adolescence. The curriculum focuses on building in-depth knowledge of childhood disabilities and the systems of care that serve children with disabilities. Students learn the importance of working in a culturally competent and interdisciplinary manner and in partnership with families. The population-based, public health perspective has a central role in the curriculum. Course modules address topics such as early childhood and early intervention, family partnerships and family-centered practice, policy and advocacy, vulnerable childhood populations, and the process of transition. Several students per year are funded to attend the National Disabilities Policy Seminar.

DIS 6080 & DIS 6081 Interdisciplinary Leadership Seminar I & II (3 credits across two semesters)
This series of seminars, small group discussions and case discussions, leadership projects and presentations, and field experiences promotes acquisition of interdisciplinary leadership knowledge and skills critical to providing leadership in settings serving children with special healthcare needs. Topics include communication skills, negotiation and conflict resolution, presentation skills, grant-writing, identification of funding sources, providing consultation and technical assistance, use of online resources, and career planning strategies.

DIS 6084 & DIS 6085 Seminar in Evidence-Based Methods I & II (6 credits across two semesters)
This course assists students to improve their skill with, and understanding of, evidence-based methods relevant to serving children with neurodevelopment disabilities and their families. The centerpiece is participation in weekly meetings (leader plus two to four trainees) to work on a year-long interdisciplinary group project. At the end of the program, each group prepares a poster presentation of its work and presents it locally and at the New York State Health Department. The course also includes a small number of instructional sessions that focus on specific topics and skills related to evidence-based practice.