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Postgraduate Course: Reproductive and Maternal Health (BIME11192)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical 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
SummaryGlobally, 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. Understand the theory and application of methods of measuring and reporting reproductive and maternal health.
  3. Understand the impact of infectious diseases on reproductive and maternal health.
  4. Critically evaluate academic literature and conceptual models in the field of reproductive and maternal health.
  5. 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.
Reading List
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.

World Health Organization human reproduction programme:

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.
Additional Information
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.
Special Arrangements Access to computer / internet
KeywordsReproductive and maternal health,Global health,Infectious diseases
Course organiserDr Aileen Jordan
Course secretaryMrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470
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