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HDFS 412 - Mental and Physical Health in Adulthood

  • 3 credits
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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.


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

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

Section 801


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)
    American Psychological Association

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers

Allyson Brothers is a gerontologist, passionate about understanding the lifelong influences that shape the health and well-being of individuals as they reach late life. She teaches both online and in the physical classroom in the department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).