UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Adolescent Health and Medicine

Optional for all pathways - 15 credits


  • To provide students with an overview of the importance of adolescent health and key issues in this field
  • To improve confidence and skills in engaging with young people and parents
  • To consolidate and extend clinical skills identifying and managing common health problems
  • To equip students with skills to assess the most pressing needs of young people in their own are/service and work with others to improve the quality of service provided for young people

The module will be delivered through lectures, interactive discussions and groups work.


This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the distinct health needs of adolescents, as well as the wider determinants of health of this age group. The curriculum will be based on the RCPCH e-learning programme in Adolescent Health, which covers the following 13 modules:

  • Introduction: Health and Illness in Adolescence
  • Healthy Development
  • Legal Framework
  • Communication and Consultation with Young People
  • Health Promotion and Advocacy
  • Chronic Conditions and Transition
  • Concordance/Adherence
  • Youth Friendly Services
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Self Harm and common Mental Problems
  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Overweight and Underweight
  • Common Medical Condition

Method of assessment

20% Group presentation

80% 3,000 word essay