Postgraduate Course: Reproductive and Maternal Health (BIME11192)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical 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||Globally, poor reproductive and maternal health outcomes are a major cause of mortality and morbidity. The purpose of this module is to promote an appreciation of the causes and underlying determinants of poor reproductive and maternal health, including the impact of infectious diseases; and to appraise approaches aimed at addressing the problems.
This SCQF Level 11 distance-learning course is designed to promote a critical understanding of issues in reproductive and maternal health.
Course materials will cover:
- Causes, determinants, and consequences of poor reproductive and maternal health.
- Inequalities and disparities in reproductive and maternal health.
- Essential interventions and healthcare packages.
- Approaches to monitoring, measuring, and reporting.
- Local, national, and global strategies and goals.
- Exploration and critical analysis of current thinking, themes and research.
There will be a theme throughout on the impact of infectious diseases related to reproductive and maternal health.
The course will be delivered using the online Blackboard virtual learning environment with a combination of course materials and discussion boards.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 25,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% coursework, combination of:
Summative written assessment comprised of critical analysis of successes and challenges in improving reproductive and maternal health (60% weighting).
Assessed online activities including assessed discussion boards related to course content (40% weighting).
||Written feedback will be provided to all students within 15 working days of submission deadlines for coursework. A dedicated discussion forum will be available for students to ask any questions they may have about what is required for assessments, or to ensure they have interpreted the assignment brief correctly.
Feedback will clearly identify both positives and areas for improvement.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss and critically understand the predominant causes and determinants of poor reproductive and maternal health, the inequalities that exist, and the populations which are most affected.
- Understand the theory and application of methods of measuring and reporting reproductive and maternal health.
- Understand the impact of infectious diseases on reproductive and maternal health.
- Critically evaluate academic literature and conceptual models in the field of reproductive and maternal health.
- Apply theoretical understanding in the development and evaluation of strategies, interventions and health packages aimed at improving reproductive and maternal health at a local, national and global level.
|Black, R. E., Levin, C., Walker, N., Chou, D., Liu, L., Temmerman, M., & DCP3 RMNCH Authors Group (2016). Reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: key messages from Disease Control Priorities 3rd Edition. Lancet (London, England), 388(10061), 2811¿2824. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00738-8|
World Health Organization human reproduction programme: https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/en/
World Health Organization maternal health resources:
Additionally, there a number of scientific journals specialising in reproductive and maternal health, including the following open access journals via BioMed Central:
Up to date subject-specific resources and journals will be used throughout the course as appropriate.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and understanding of the main areas of importance in reproductive and maternal health.
Critical awareness of current issues and developments at the forefront of the field.
Cognitive skills to evaluate evidence and to synthesise ideas.
Communication and working in collaboration with peers,
senior colleagues and specialists.
Exercise substantial autonomy, and take responsibility for own work.
Time management skills.
||Access to computer / internet
|Keywords||Reproductive and maternal health,Global health,Infectious diseases
|Course organiser||Dr Aileen Jordan
|Course secretary||Mrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470