Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsDAVID ROSS: Hi, I'm David Ross, a professor of epidemiology in international public health at the LSHTM, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where I do teaching and research on adolescent health in low and middle income countries. Welcome to the week on adolescent health, and the health of young people.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsBy the end of this week, we hope that participants will be able to define the key terms related to adolescent health and development, understand why adolescent health is a key global health priority of increasing importance, describe the main causes of the burden of disease in adolescents, and why risk and protective factors that the young person develops during this period in the life cycle are so important to their future health and the health of the next generation. And discuss key interventions in this age group. Many policymakers are living in the past, and they don't realise that the mortality rate in 20 to 24-year-olds in all high income countries is much higher than in one to four-year-olds now.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsAnd this is also true in many low and middle income countries in some parts of the world. So let's get started. As we'll see, adolescence is a time of rapid physical, psychological, and social development during which a girl or a boy turns into an adult woman or man. As we can see from this diagram, adolescence is a key period in the life cycle both in terms of the health of the person themselves during that period of adolescence also for their future life as an adult, and even for the health of the next generation. I hope you'll enjoy this week, and that you'll end it as passionate about adolescent health as I am.

Welcome to Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the course. I’m Professor David Ross, an epidemiologist working on adolescent health in low- and middle-income countries at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization.

This week focuses on the health of adolescents and young people and will explain who they are, what this transitional stage of development can mean in the context of a person’s life, and why their health is a global priority. We will also think about and discuss how we need to approach the development of health programmes with adolescents specifically in mind.

What will we learn?

By the end of the week you should be able to:

  • Define key terms relating to the health of adolescents and young people
  • Understand why the health of adolescents and young people is a global public health priority
  • Describe the main causes of the burden of disease during this stage of the life cycle and why risks or protective factors during adolescence are important to the future health of adults
  • Discuss key interventions that might be made to reduce the burden of disease among adolescents and young people.

I hope you find this week engaging and that it will give you an insight into why adolescence is such an important part of our lives.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Contact FutureLearn for Support