Optimizing Health Development Across Childhood (OHDAC)
A Predoctoral Training Program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing
The overarching goal of this interdisciplinary training program is to prepare nurse scientists to understand how biology, behavior, social and environmental factors intersect during childhood to influence life course health development and to use this knowledge to develop rigorous interdisciplinary programs of research to optimize health. The focus of this training program is on health development in children, broadly defined to include the period from conception through adolescence.
OHDAC is guided by a two prominent theory-based approaches: the Life Course Health Development (LCHDF) framework by Halfon and Hochstein, and the ecobiodevelopmental framework (EBDF) by Shonkoff and colleagues. This framework transforms how health development is conceptualized by its focus on life course health trajectories and integrates the health production models from individual and public health.
Training program objectives
The objectives of this interdisciplinary training program are to:
Recruit and retain diverse and qualified trainees with special emphasis on students in baccalaureate and second degree programs
Prepare trainees to conduct rigorous research within the scientific area of health development during childhood
Prepare trainees to develop and implement ethical health research with children within interdisciplinary research teams
Prepare trainees to successfully translate the science of health development into clinical practice and health policy interventions that will improve child health
The training plan builds on considerable strengths within the OSU College of Nursing, superb interdisciplinary relationships with researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), the OSU Departments of Pediatrics and Sociology, and the OSU College of Public Health. Enrichment opportunities include established interdisciplinary seminar programs offered by research centers in the health and social sciences, and national workshops addressing interventional and translational research.
Research training will be accomplished through the development and execution of individualized plans that include coursework, attendance at seminars, and the involvement in interdisciplinary funded research of program faculty.
Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN FloAnn Sours Easton Endowed Professor of Child and Adolescent Health; Director, PhD Program
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, Dean, Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Welness Officer, College of Nursing