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15 April - 17 May 2024 (Online)
Live online sessions: 19, 26 April, 3, 10 & 17 May 2024

Course details

  • Duration:  5 weeks
  • Live online sessions:  
    - 19 April 2024: 9.00 - 10.30am
    - 26 April 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am 
    - 3 May 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
    - 10 May 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
    - 17 May May 2024: 9.00 - 10.30am
  • Fees:
    - £495
  • Venue: Online
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This short course will help you to understand the concept of assessing a child and enabling them to achieve their optimal health. The overall aim is to provide good understanding of factors that can optimise paediatric health trajectories. This includes the importance of nutrition in regulating growth and development throughout the course of childhood, as well as the influence of epigenetics and social factors.

The importance of good sleep health will be discussed along with an overview of common sleep problems and their consequences.  Sleep investigations and management strategies will be introduced.

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc Applied Paediatrics course and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals.

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Course content

Topics covered will include:

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease:

  • Life course epidemiology and the early life origins of health and disease
  • Basic principles of genetic regulation of growth and how genetic factors may predispose individual for later life disorders such as obesity.
  • The development of cognitive and social functioning

Growth & Development:

  • Endocrine and non-endocrine control of growth
  • Key developmental milestones and their variation within and outside of the normal range


  • Normal mainstream feeding advice and the effect on child nutrition and behaviour
  • The modern obesity epidemic
  • A perspective from resource poor settings 
  • Endocrine influences on the control of growth
  • The disease preventing effects of breastfeeding


  • Sleep physiology in health and disease
  • Developmental changes in sleep with age
  • Sleep-related pathology & risk factors
  • Subjective and objective assessments of sleep health
  • Introduction to therapeutic interventions (medical and surgical

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to: 

  1. Formulate clinical decisions that promote optimal health trajectories, supported by science and evidence, in health and disease in children
  2. Analyse origins and formulate possible solutions of nutritional problems with current public health impact on the paediatric population
  3. Consider critically the value of normal sleep across childhood and contrast this with the damage caused by common respiratory and non-respiratory sleep problems
  4. Propose an investigation and management strategy for a paediatric sleep problem

Course structure & delivery

The course runs online over 5 consecutive weeks, and you are expected to conduct approximately 7 to 10 hours of self-directed study per week, depending on your pace of learning. This consists of weekly directed tasks that you can undertake at your own pace and timing, such as watching recorded lectures, assigned reading or reflection and forum work, but also may consist of group work online. There are also planned live online sessions during the course to discuss ideas, present group, and individual work and to facilitate further learning.

Evidence of sufficient participation will be required to obtain a course certificate.

Live online sessions

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform - times tbc:

  • Friday, 19 April 2024: 9.00 - 10.30am
  • Friday, 26 April 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
  • Friday, 3 May 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
  • Friday, 10 May 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
  • Friday, 17 May 2024: 9.00 - 10.30am

A full timetable and access to course materials will be made available to registered participants prior to the start of the course.




Who should attend?

Who should attend?
This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Optional assessment

This course is not formally assessed for short course students.

However, feedback will be provided for any submitted activities such as participation and contribution to group work and interactive sessions including a workshop within the course.

Optional assessment
Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Credits accrued (within two years of transcript date) can be utilised towards the PG Certificate in 'Applied Paediatrics', should they wish to undertake further study with Imperial College.

Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.