Life Course 101

New to life course health development or life course intervention research? Start here! 

These readings and resources will give an overview of life course health development theory and frameworks to support life course intervention research.

Developmental Origins of Disease

Barker DJP. The developmental origins of adult disease. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004;23(6, suppl):588S–595S. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

Life Course Theory

Kuh D, Ben-Shlomo Y, Lynch J, Hallqvist J, Power C. Life course epidemiologyJ Epidemiol Community Health. 2003;57(10):778–783. [PMC free article] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

Life Course Health Development

Halfon, N., & Hochstein, M. (2002). Life course health development: An integrated framework for developing health, policy, and research. Milbank Quarterly 80(3), 433–479, iii. [PMC free article]

Halfon N, Larson K, Lu M, Tullis E. Russ S. Lifecourse health development: past, present and future. Matern Child Health J. 2014;18(2):344–365. [PMC free article] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

Halfon N, Forrest C. The emerging theoretical framework of life course health development.  In Halfon N, Forrest CB, Lerner RM, et al., editors. Handbook of Life Course Health Development [Internet]. Cham (CH): Springer; 2018; Part 1, 19 [Springer]

Russ SA, Larson K, Tullis E, Halfon N. A lifecourse approach to health development: implications for the maternal and child health research agenda. Matern Child Health J. 2014;18(2):497-510. doi:10.1007/s10995-013-1284-z [Springer]

Handbook of Life Course Health Development

A comprehensive Open Access handbook describing LCHD theory and applying LCHD to contemporary health issues.

Halfon N, Forrest CB, Lerner RM, et al., editors. Handbook of Life Course Health Development [Internet]. Cham (CH): Springer; 2018. Available from: doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47143-3

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Organization of Services and Systems to Support Health Development

Halfon N, Inkelas M, Hochstein M. The health development organization: an organizational approach to achieving child health development. Milbank Q. 2000;78(3):447-341. doi:10.1111/1468-0009.00180 PDF (300K)

Life Course Health Development and Health Disparities

Lu MC, Halfon N. Racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes: a life-course perspective. Matern Child Health J. 2003;7(1):13-30. doi:10.1023/a:1022537516969 [PubMed]

Lu MC, Kotelchuck M, Hogan V, Jones L, Wright K, Halfon N. Closing the Black-White gap in birth outcomes: a life-course approach. Ethn Dis. 2010;20(1 Suppl 2):S2-76. [PMC Free Article] [PDF (227K)]

Larson K, Russ SA, Kahn RS, et al. Health Disparities: A Life Course Health Development Perspective and Future Research Directions. 2017 Nov 21. In: Halfon N, Forrest CB, Lerner RM, et al., editors. Handbook of Life Course Health Development [Internet]. Cham (CH): Springer; 2018. Available from: doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-47143-3_20  [PDF]


Social Determinants of Health and Life Course Health Development

Halfon N, Larson K, Russ S. Why social determinants?. Healthc Q. 2010;14 Spec No 1:8-20. doi:10.12927/hcq.2010.21979

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