A revolution in life course health sciences is revealing how much lifelong health, including adult mortality, morbidity and disability is influenced by events and experiences that happen early in life and condition how neuro-endocrine, stress, inflammation and metabolic processes are programmed to function and age.

Life Course Health Development Sciences

The life course health development model provides advances over more limited biopsychosocial approaches by considering health development as a complex, emergent bio-developmental process; recognizing how health develops over the life course;  and acknowledging how health development is a complex nonlinear process that is exquisitely sensitive to the timing of exposures and experiences of risk, protective and promotion factors.


By highlighting the developmental impact of changing socioecological context, on variable adaptive responses, it provides for a useful analytic and explanatory model to better understand how the social determinants of health impact lifelong health development and health trajectories.

© 2018 by the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities