Indiana University

School of Public Health - Bloomington, Department of Applied Health Science, Human Development and Family Studies
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The Department of Applied Health Science is a vital part of IU's life sciences initiative. Our department is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research in the life sciences as we work toward our mission of preventing disease and promoting health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Our department is making a difference in the health and well-being of Indiana, the nation, and the world through the research, teaching, and service conducted by our dedicated faculty, staff, and students.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. David Lohrmann (Chairperson)
Campus Enrollment
38,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1025 E. 7th Street
HPER 116
Bloomington, IN 47405-7109
United States

Phone Number
812-855-3627
Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Director
Dr. Maresa Murray
Undergrad Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Life Span Human Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Marriage and Family Interaction
  • Topical Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Effects of Divorce on Children
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Human Development I: Conception through Early Childhood
  • Human Development II: Middle Childhood through Adolescence
  • Human Development III: Early, Mid, and Late Adulthood
  • Leading Family Process Discussion Groups
  • Family Health and the Media
  • African American and Latino Families
  • Professional Preparation in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Readings in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Internship in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Fieldwork Experience in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Current Issues in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Independent Study in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family Life Education
  • Stress and Resilience in the Family
  • Families and Atypical Children
  • Grief in a Family Context
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Program explores human behavior from the perspective of lifespan development and within the context of the intimate environment of the family. As an applied field, it's focused on how those theories, focusing on such topics as developmental stages, the effects of divorce, coping with aging, human sexuality, can illuminate relationships and behavior.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Susan Middlestadt
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Development I: Conception through Age 6
  • Human Development III: Adulthood
  • Effects of Divorce on Children
  • Internship in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Family Life Education
  • Parent Child Relationships: Theoretical, Research, and Practical Aspects
  • Issues in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Families, Culture and the Atypical Child
  • Teaching Sex Education
  • Leading Family Process Discussion Groups
  • Stress and Resilience in the Family
  • Workshop in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Special Problems: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Grief in a Family Context
  • Non-thesis Project in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Seminar in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Research in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Readings in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Conceptual Frameworks in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Families and Health
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Masters Comments

The program explores human capabilities and characteristics at each stage of our lives. As an applied field, it is focused on how theories can illuminate relationships and behavior. In addition to preparing students to pursue more advanced degrees, the program readies many graduates to go directly into the workforce to public and private settings. Our faculty support and encourage graduate students and are eager to work with them on research and community projects. Faculty members also mentor graduate students in their own research areas, and students are urged to tailor the program to reflect their individual interests.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Health Behavior
Doctoral Comments

A doctorate in health behavior from Indiana University's Department of Applied Health Science allows graduates to teach others how to make a difference, to research a range of health issues - from physical, emotional, cognitive, social, to spiritual - in the public or private sector, or to have an impact on people's health decisions. Family Studies is one of five concentrations in the doctoral program.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
9/1/2013
CFLE Contact
Maria K. Schmidt, PhD, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email