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Postgraduate Course: Newborn and Child Health (EMND11028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaEmerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe purpose of this module is to promote an appreciation of the risk factors and diseases resulting in high childhood mortality. More than 70 per cent of almost 11 million child deaths every year are attributable to six causes: diarrhoea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth; under-nutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide. This course aims to familiarise students with these causes and their underlying determinants, and provide them with a good understanding of how these problems could be and are being addressed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer and will be responsible for providing their own computing equip & consumables
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 05/08/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this course the candidate should have a working knowledge of, and understand:
the main causes of death in infants and children under 5, what preventative and treatment interventions exist to tackle these, and barriers to effective implementation
nutritional and environmental factors, and the social determinants influencing infant and child health outcomes
the inequalities in child health outcomes and the countries and groups of people within countries that are most severely affected
the process and impact of natural and artificial acquired immunity in relation to childhood diseases and their severity
newborn and child health measurement concepts and methods, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
the global health agenda for newborn and child health, and targets (e.g. MDGs), strategies, policies and investments to drive progress
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Special Arrangements
This course will be taught entirely be distance learning, using the virtual learning environment of WebCT as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available for registered users only.
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Course organiserDr Kim Picozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6257
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 1824
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