Postgraduate Course: Maternal health (GLHE11014)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Worldwide, 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
|No Exam Information
| ┐ 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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The course is distance learning and is delivered entirely online via Learn, the University's virtual learning environment.
|Keywords||maternal health,global health
|Course organiser||Ms Ladeisha Bhide
|Course secretary||Dr Varia Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152