School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Reproductive, Maternal and Children's Health (PHCM9606)

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Description

This course aims to provide an overview of reproductive, maternal and child health in its international context and within a public health framework. The course will take a critical look at the transition from the maternal and child health priorities of the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation. Sessions will include selected topics of safe motherhood, perinatal interventions, child mortality, reproductive health issues, immunisation, infectious diseases, maternal and newborn health in Aboriginal communities, nutritional issues, gender-based violence, HIV and STI among women and children, and cultural practices surrounding pregnancy and delivery that are sensitive to gender and the social determinants of health. Case studies, theories and relevant policies from developed and developing countries will be presented for discussion and debate to improve students understanding of reproductive, maternal and child health issues in a variety of contexts. The course will be most suitable for those wishing to gain a general overview of reproductive, maternal and child health and/or pursuing a career relating to women and children. Students have the opportunity to select and focus on a specific topic of particular interest to them through individual and group assessments during the course.

Credit points

This course is an elective course of the Graduate Public Health and Health Management Programs, comprising 6 units of credit towards the total required for completion of the study program. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Mode of study

External (Distance) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim
  • Provide an understanding of the key issues in reproductive, maternal and child health in a national and global context
  • Provide a critical overview of current policies relating to reproductive, maternal and child health particularly for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Give an overview of thematic topics in the area of  reproductive, maternal and child health to address current programs and policies through an appropriate social determinants approach
Course Outcomes

The outcomes for this course are to enable you to:

  • Discuss the importance of reproductive, maternal and child health in national and international contexts drawing on key theoretical approaches and through interpreting relevant data
  • Outline the leading causes of death among mothers, newborns and children under-five globally and the potential implications for policy and practice
  • Distinguish the key stakeholders and partners involved in international reproductive, maternal and child health and discuss their values, activities and stake in the field
  • Describe the determinants of health that influence reproductive, maternal and child health status and discuss potential solutions for addressing future challenges
  • Appraise the efficacy of current public health strategies addressing reproductive, maternal and child health internationally, and identify an issue to research in depth, justifying why this is currently an issue of significance
  • Identify the public health needs of population subgroups, particularly Australia’s Indigenous people, and critically review the reasons and challenges for improving reproductive, maternal and child health in Indigenous or other traditional societies
  • Evaluate the current challenge confronting the transition from the maternal and child health priorities of the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals and critique standard approaches to improving indices for addressing reproductive, maternal and health issues in the population.
Learning and teaching rationale

Class participants come from diverse backgrounds, with varied forms of professional training and experience.  Participants come from Australia and a number of other countries, with some students internal and others external.  The design of the course aims to ensure that every student can see its relevance and benefit from it.  In particular, it aims to give external and internal students the same challenges and opportunities through the utilisation of technology.

Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Short Essay
Weighting: 30%
Length: 1000 words

Assessment Task 2 - Group poster
Weighting: 25%
Length: One page poster

Assessment Task 3 - Essay
Weighting: 45%
Length: 2000 words

Readings and resources
Learning resources for this course consist of the following:
  1. Course notes and readings
  2. Material made available in Moodle
  3. Lecture recordings and lecture slides
  4. Supplementary resources such as videos, podcasts
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