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Children with Special Health Care Needs (15 Credits)

Children Special Health Care Needs

The Center on Disability and Health in the Institute of Public Health offers a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Children with Special Health Care Needs to prepare professionals with the skills and knowledge to focus on disability as an emerging and cross-cutting public health field, and to contribute to state and federal public health activities that address the needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Children with Special Health Care Needs is offered as a component of the Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Training Program at Westchester Institute for Human Development. Through a collaborative learning experience, participants build knowledge, skills, and values that prepare them to assume leadership roles in disabilities-related systems of care and in the policy and advocacy arena.

Applicants seeking admission to LEND Program and the certificate program:

  • Must be either a current graduate student in a program in public health or in a health or education field OR hold a masters or doctoral level degree
  • Must have demonstrated interest in working towards a leadership role working with and on behalf of children with disabilities and their families.
  • Parents or adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities who meet these requirements are also encouraged to apply.
  • Interested applicants should contact the LEND Program Director at 914-493-8175 before submitting an application.

The LEND Program is funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau with the aim of improving the health of children with disabilities by preparing trainees from diverse professional disciplines to assume leadership roles.

Curriculum

Required Courses: 15 credits

Over two semesters, these courses meet from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all Thursdays of the academic year from early September to early May except for academic holidays.

Fall
DISM 6010 Overview of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities I (3 credits)
DISM 6080 Interdisciplinary Leadership Seminar I (2.5 credits)
DISM 6084 Seminar in Evidence-Based Methods I (4 credits)

Spring
DISM 6011 Overview of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities II (3 credits)
DISM 6081 Interdisciplinary Leadership Seminar II (2.5 credits)
DISM 6085 Seminar in Evidence-Based Methods II (0 credits)

Contacts

SHSP Office of Admissions
shsp_admissions@nymc.edu
(914) 594-4510

Director, Center on Disability and Health:
Susan W. Fox, Ph.D.
(914) 493-8202
Susan_Fox@nymc.edu

Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND):
Jenean Castillo, Ph.D.
(914) 493-1035
jcastillo@wihd.org

Program Coordinator:
Clara Hannum
(914) 493-8175
channum@wihd.org