Human Development


The Collaborative Program in Human Development (CPHD) is a transdisciplinary program that explores issues surrounding early human development. The healthy development of our children is at the core of our societal values. Recent evidence shows that early experiences strongly influence the biological pathways surrounding health and the well-being of individuals throughout their lives. This phenomenon involves complex interactions between genes and environments; the CPHD provides students with the skills and resources necessary to start dissecting and untangling those interrelationships in animals and humans.

Keeping in mind the fundamental goal of improving the well-being of children, the program also nurtures translational skills in students with the ultimate goal of bridging the gap between basic research and public policy and practices. In summary, the CPHD aims both to facilitate research on the ways that early childhood experiences become embedded in our biology, and to foster translational skills in order to disseminate this research most effectively to educators, policy makers, etc. The successful achievement of both of these aims will be supervised by an eminent group of academics with expertise in all relevant areas.

Upon successful completion of the PhD degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative program, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Human Development" on their transcript and parchment. 

Participating Degree Programs

Biomedical Engineering—PhD
Developmental Psychology and Education—PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—PhD
Medical Science—PhD
Medical Biophysics—PhD
Nutritional Sciences—PhD
Public Health Sciences—PhD
Social Work—PhD​

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