Title: Maternal and Reproductive Health
Keywords: Sexual & reproductive health
Gender & health
Disease prevention & control
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Raquel Gonzalez
Azucena Bardaji
Date start: 2019-03-21
Date end: 2019-03-29
About duration and dates: 2019-03-20 to 2019-03-29, One day is added for pre-readings. 2 weeks (10)
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: School of Medicine - University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
SIT:

Independent study hours (out of class, not directed): 49
Classroom hours: 26

Total: 75 h
Language: English
Description:
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1.
Analyse key determinants and bottlenecks to tackle main problems on maternal and reproductive health, as well to discuss major challenges and to debate on best approaches for its improvement

2.
Critically evaluate the international context - opportunities, barriers and expectations - that affects the improvement of maternal and reproductive health

3.
Contrast and interpret the most adequate tools for the development, implementation and evaluation of maternal and reproductive health interventions.
Assessment Procedures:
Students in the course will be evaluated both individually and group based using the following assessment tools:

1.
Individual dissertation on a maternal/reproductive health problem in relation with the contents addressed during the course and of interest for the student (75% of final grade).
The structure of this dissertation should include: title, abstract, introduction, main body/discussion, conclusions, and bibliography. Length: 4 pages maximum excluding bibliography).
The dissertation evaluation will be based on criteria as relevance of health problem, adequacy to proposed structure, identification of key aspects of problem statement (bottlenecks, challenges, innovative approaches, opportunities…), coherence of conclusions with objectives and results obtained and discussion.
The dissertation must be submitted through the University of Barcelona Virtual Campus by midnight of the day before the last day of class.

2.
Work in groups + group presentation. Groups of 4-5 people will be randomly allocated by course coordinators. In the last session of the course, the groups will be given a Practical Case of a maternal and/or reproductive health problem addressed during the course. The group will have 30 minutes to discuss what the problem consist of, how they would resolve it and resources needed. Each group will present their proposal of solution in public presentation to the rest of the whole group (25% of final grade).

Re-sit: An individual dissertation on a maternal and/or reproductive health topic will be used as re-sit for those students who will not reach minimum 5/10 score (individual dissertation + work in groups). The re-sit dissertation must be delivered not later than 15 days since the ordinary grades were communicated.
Content:
The course is divided into four parts:
The course is divided into four parts:

1.
Maternal Health (10 face-to-face hours):
• Insights and prospects on maternal health problems (2h)
• Maternal HIV infection. Preventive strategies for mother to child transmission of HIV infection (MTCT) (2h)
• Burden and impact of malaria during pregnancy (MiP): limitations and challenges for MiP control and prevention (2h)
• Maternal mortality: current trends, approaches in measuring maternal deaths, and establishing its causes (1h)
• Post-partum haemorrhage (PPH): promoting effective strategies for preventing PPH (emergency obstetric care) (1h)
• Preeclampsia (1h)
• Access barriers and health coverage in maternal health (1h)

2.
Reproductive and Sexual Health (10 face-to-face hours):
• Human Papilloma Virus infections and cervical cancer: burden and impact, preventive strategies (2h)
• Sexually transmitted infections: Prevention and case management (1h)
• Obstetric complications. Post-partum haemorrhage (1 hour)
• Unwanted pregnancy. Unsafe abortions (1 hour)
• Obstetric fistula (1h)
• Violence against women and sexual violence (include female genital mutilation) (2h)
• Making family planning (FP) programmes work: how to plan, develop and monitor FP programmes in resource-poor settings (policy implementation) (2h)

3.
Advocacy for women’s health (4 face-to-face hours):
• Maternal health as an issue of human rights dimensions (1h)
• Health policies and women: the role of international stakeholders in the global women’s health momentum (1h)
• More than half the world: R+D in maternal health as a development cooperation tool (2h)

4.
Group work presentations (2h)
Methods:
Face-to-face lecture-presentations accompanied by discussion and debate; group work and presentations

Students are expected to dedicate independent study time to reading compulsory and recommended material provided by faculty, the preparation of the dissertation, and the preparation of the oral presentation.
Prerequisites:
English TOEFL test score 213 computer-based or 550 paper-based or 79-80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0; or equivalent.

This is and advanced course and participants need to have a basic knowledge of epidemiology and Maternal and Reproductive Health at "core course level".

This is and advanced course and participants need to have a basic knowledge of epidemiology and Maternal and Reproductive Health at "core course level".
Attendance:
30 maximum students; 10 maximum tropEd students
Selection:
Students will be selected for this course based on a CV and letter of motivation.
Fees:
480 € plus university taxes
Scholarships:
There are no scholarships available for this course at the present time.
Major changes since initial accreditation:
There are no changes in the learning objectives and methodology or content.
The most important change is in the evaluation system, based on student feedback.
Since most part of the course content is about technical aspects, participation was not considered an adequate assessment component and it is not included anymore.
The share of the assessment that was group-based was also contested by part of the students, as they claimed it leaves no room to assess individual level of performance.
This is why an individual written dissertation represents now 75% of the grade that is complemented with a group-based oral presentation (25%).
Student evaluation:
Student feedback was consistently positive over the years on the scope and content of the course, as well as the methodology. Most objections came from the assessment methods that have been now modified. The latest edition of the course received a mean score of 4.1 out of 5 from the students.
Lessons learned:
Including a participation component in the grade assessment seems less evident in courses with a core technical content.
Heavily relying on group-based assessment was objected by some students. Using group-based assessment must be carefully considered and when possible be complemented with individual assessment.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Umea, January 2014. This accreditation is valid until January 2019.

Re-accredited in October 2018. This accreditation is valid until October 2023.
Email Address: nuria.casamitjana@isglobal.org
Date Of Record Creation: 2014-02-21 15:14:06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2014-02-21 15:23:27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2018-10-31 10:52:05 (W3C-DTF)

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