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Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health  (CO7055)

Module Coordinator:               Dr. Nuha Ibrahim
ECTS Value:                             5

This module is aimed at students who are interested in reproductive health throughout the life cycle, and in efforts to improve reproductive, maternal and child health (RMCH) worldwide. It will analyse the causes and extent of the mortality and morbidity associated with RMCH. Existing policy and program interventions to improve maternal and child health will be examined.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the global burden of disease related to reproductive, maternal and child health
  • Describe the major causes of maternal and child mortality and morbidity and their impact
  • Assess the barriers and enablers that women face in accessing reproductive health and maternal healthcare
  • Critically evaluate the impact that gaps in health service provision have at the individual, household, community and health service level
  • Analyse current policy and program approaches to address inequalities in maternal and child health, and identify priorities for further action.


Indicative Resources

  • Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., and Robert E. Black. "Global maternal, newborn, and child health—so near and yet so far." New England Journal of Medicine 369.23 (2013): 2226-2235.
  • Lawn, Joy E., et al. "3.6 million neonatal deaths—what is progressing and what is not?." Seminars in perinatology. Vol. 34. No. 6. WB Saunders, 2010.
  • Liu, Li, et al. "Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000." The Lancet 379.9832 (2012): 2151-2161.
  • Sen G and Ostlin P [Eds] 2007. Unequal, Unfair, Ineffective and Inefficient, Gender Inequality in Health: Why it exists and how we can change it. Final report to the WHO. Commission on the Social Perspectives in Global Health (read especially pp 22-24).
  • Jewkes, R.  Flood, M, & Lang, J.  2012 From work with men and boys to changes of social norms and reduction of inequities in gender relations: a conceptual shift in prevention of violence against women and girls in the Lancet published online Nov 21st 2014
  • Heise, Lori. "What works to prevent partner violence? An evidence overview." (2011). DFID.
  • Campbell, Oona MR, Wendy J. Graham, and Lancet Maternal Survival Series steering group. "Strategies for reducing maternal mortality: getting on with what works." The lancet 368.9543 (2006): 1284-1299.
  • Kerber, Kate J., et al. "Continuum of care for maternal, newborn, and child health: from slogan to service delivery." The Lancet 370.9595 (2007): 1358-1369.
  • Bryce, Jennifer, Cesar G. Victora, and Robert E. Black. "The unfinished agenda in child survival." The Lancet 382.9897 (2013): 1049-1059.
  • United Nations Population Fund. 2015. Shelter from the Storm: 2015 State of World Population. Available here:


Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
This one week intensive module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, participative group work and discussions. Students are also expected to engage in self-directed learning.

Method of Assessment
Each student will be asked to submit a 2000-word essay, which will constitute 70% of the overall grade for the module. Students will have a choice of essay questions, each of which focuses on issues discussed during the module. Each student will also be asked to submit and present a policy brief based on an interactive component of the module. This will constitute 30% of the overall grade for the module.

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