HDFS 412 - Mental and Physical Health in Adulthood

  • 3 credits

Mental and physical health of adults, contextual factors of development, and implications for prevention, intervention, and public health planning.

This course addresses mental and physical health and common disorders of adulthood, contextual considerations for their development, and provides suggestions for possible prevention and intervention. Specific disorders discussed in this class include heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, depression, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes. Contextual factors such as socioeconomic status, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and early-life precursors will be addressed. Implications for public health planning are discussed.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize common physical and mental health challenges of adulthood.
  • Judge appropriate physical and mental health prevention and intervention opportunities related to adult development and aging.
  • Describe contextual issues for adult health outcomes, including socioeconomic status, gender, race, and early life factors.
  • Assess the current status of the field of health in adulthood, and identify future directions and critical needs.
  • Generate implications for intervention and prevention research, and public health planning as it relates to adulthood and aging.
  • Explain the lifelong developmental antecedents and consequences of health disparities, and evaluate their effects on development in adulthood and especially in late life.

This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.


HDFS 312 (Adult Development - Middle Age and Aging). Completion of 60 credits minimum.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

The readings for this course are a variety of chapters and journal articles relevant to each topic provided in Canvas. Students are required to have a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010). American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1433805615.


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers