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Postgraduate Course: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in a Global Context (PUHR11076)

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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10 credit course will provide students with an overview of the state of maternal, newborn and under-five child health (MNCH) in today's world. It will enable current and future public health practitioners and researchers with an interest in maternal and child health to apply contemporary MNCH approaches and frameworks to their own contexts. It will cover aspects such as: evidence-based interventions to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity and barriers to implementation; methods and challenges in measuring maternal and child health, and the importance of monitoring equity; and the changing perspectives and agenda within the international context including the Sustainable Development Goals.
Course description This is a 5-week distance learning course worth 10 credits. Students are expected to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on this course. Students will be given a brief overview of the course and will then be provided with relevant materials and resources. Specific tasks and online discussion exercises relating to each week's topic will be set. This will culminate in a written assignment at the end of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their own computer equipment and internet access
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 17/02/2025
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written exam 0%, Practical exam 0%, Coursework 100%«br /»
Consisting of a combination of summative written assessment and online assessment incorporating a variety of activities
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically understand the main determinants and consequences of, and key evidence-based interventions to improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) outcomes
  2. Select and apply approaches, tools and strategic frameworks which drive success and equity in MNCH to their own contexts
  3. Critically analyse current standard MNCH process and outcome measures and the challenges of operationalising these
  4. Autonomously research and assess the state of MNCH of a country and report on steps that should be taken to improve it
Reading List
Key resources are: Lancet series on maternal, neonatal and child health: UNICEF State of the World's Children reports
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills During this course students will have to demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others. Their knowledge and understanding of the topic will improve but they will also learn generic approaches/skills such as classifying information, critically analysing materials and evaluation skills. Since the course is distance learning, it will contribute to their IT, writing and communication skills. Finally, they will be expected to be able to bring together and draw from the information provided through the course during their essay writing. Competencies such as structuring of work and accurate referencing should improve.
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning
KeywordsMaternal health,newborn health,child health,equity
Course organiserMs Ladeisha Bhide
Course secretaryMrs Adele Willoughby
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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