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Postgraduate Course: Maternal health (GLHE11014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaGlobal Health Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionWorldwide, on average, approximately 1500 women die daily from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. This amounts to more than half a million deaths annually, with the majority occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This course aims to familiarise students with the main causes and underlying determinants of maternal morbidity and mortality. The key interventions to address these problems, approaches to implementation, and barriers to success will be examined.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
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 09/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
┐ To understand the main causes of maternal deaths during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and what interventions and approaches exist to tackle these
┐ To be familiar with the methods and challenges of maternal mortality measurement and the inequalities between and within countries
┐ To understand approaches and frameworks for monitoring and evaluating interventions from the preconception through to the postpartum period
┐ To understand the social determinants of maternal health and the importance of strong integrated health systems to improve maternal health
┐ To be familiar with the global health agenda for maternal and women┐s 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 and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Special Arrangements
The course is distance learning and is delivered entirely online via Learn, the University's virtual learning environment.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The course will consist of the following 5 topics:

1. Maternal morbidity and mortality: determinants and consequences

2. Measurement of maternal mortality: methods, challenges and inequalities

3. Preventative and treatment interventions for maternal health: the continuum of care

4. Health system strengthening to improve maternal health

5. Tackling the underlying causes of maternal and women┐s health: local, national and international issues and approaches
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsmaternal health, global health
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Email: Ruth.McQuillan@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152
Email: Cristina.Matthews@ed.ac.uk
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