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Postgraduate Course: Newborn and Child Health (EMND11028)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe purpose of this module is to promote an appreciation of the risk factors and diseases resulting in high childhood mortality. More than 70 per cent of almost 11 million child deaths every year are attributable to six causes: diarrhoea, malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of oxygen at birth; under-nutrition is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide. This course aims to familiarise students with these causes and their underlying determinants, and provide them with a good understanding of how these problems could be and are being addressed.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer and will be responsible for providing their own computing equip & consumables
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the main causes of death in infants and children under 5, what preventative and treatment interventions exist to tackle these, and barriers to effective implementation
  2. Understand nutritional and environmental factors, and the social determinants influencing infant and child health outcomes
  3. Understand the inequalities in child health outcomes and the countries and groups of people within countries that are most severely affected
  4. Understand newborn and child health measurement concepts and methods, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  5. Understand the global health agenda for newborn and child health, and how the post MGD discourse surrounding newborn and child health is taking shape
Reading List
Recommended reading and resources are provided on a weekly basis from within the lecture materials. To get some general background on key concepts before the course starts, the following paper is recommended:

Bhutta Z. A., Black R. E. (2014) Global maternal, newborn and child health ¿ so near and yet so far. The New England Journal of Medicine 369, 2226 ¿ 2235.

This review article gives a good introduction to many of the topics covered in the following five weeks. Published at the start of 2014, it gives an up to date overview of the global progress towards MDG4, by reviewing global mortality trends and interventions.
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Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment of Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available for registered users only.
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Course organiserDr Aileen Jordan
Course secretaryMrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470
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