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Postgraduate Course: Maternal health (GLHE11014)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryWorldwide, 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.
Course description 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
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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 03/08/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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.
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No Exam Information
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
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The course is distance learning and is delivered entirely online via Learn, the University's virtual learning environment.
Keywordsmaternal health,global health
Course organiserDr Rosemary Geddes
Tel: (0131 6)51 4139
Course secretaryMs Michelle Hart
Tel: (0131 6)50 6525
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