Title: Maternal and Reproductive Health
Keywords: Sexual & reproductive health
Maternal Health
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Raquel Gonzalez
Azucena Bardaji
Date start: 2025-03-25
Date end: 2025-04-02
About duration and dates: Duration: 8 days in two weeks (April 2-4 and 8-11). Application deadline: March 15th 2024 Readings (including essential and recommended) will be distributed prior to course commencement.
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: Classroom hours: 28
Independent study/work hours: 47
Evaluation hours: included under independent study/work hours
TOTAL: 75 hours
Language: English
Description: At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
1. To analyse key determinants and bottlenecks to tackle main problems on maternal and reproductive health.
2. To discuss major challenges in maternal and reproductive health in LMICs and to debate on best approaches for its improvement.
3. To contrast and propose the most adequate tools for the development, implementation and evaluation of maternal and reproductive health interventions.
4. To critically evaluate the international context - opportunities, barriers and expectations - that affects the improvement of maternal and reproductive health indicators.
Assessment Procedures: The evaluation will consist of an individual work (100% of final course grade) to be submitted by 18th April 2024.
Instructions of the individual work:
Students will be asked to develop a proposal of work (program/project or study) to be submitted to a potential donor on a maternal/reproductive health problem in relation with the contents addressed during the course and of interest for the student.
The structure of the work should include: title, introduction, justification, objective, methods of the program/project planned to be implemented, expected results and impact, overall budget and bibliography. Length: 3500 words maximum (excluding bibliography).
The evaluation will be based on criteria as relevance of health problem, identification of key aspects of problem statement (bottlenecks, challenges, innovative approaches, opportunities…), coherence of expected results and impact with objectives and proposed methods.
More detailed information on this individual assignment will be given in class.
The rubric for its assessment will be available in the Virtual Campus.

Guidelines to students regarding the use of AI (ChatGTP…) will be given.

Resit: A similar individual work on a maternal and/or reproductive health topic will be used as resit for those students who will not reach minimum 5/10 score (individual work). This work will need to be submitted by 9th May 2024.
Content: The course is divided into two main modules:
1. Maternal Health
● Antenatal care in low-income countries
● Burden and impact of malaria during pregnancy
● The impact of emergent infectious diseases and global pandemics on maternal and infant health
● Integrating HIV PMTCT in maternal and child health programs: experience from an HIV hotspot in sub-Saharan Africa
● Emergency obstetric care:
o Post-partum haemorrhage (PPH). Promoting effective interventions
o Preeclampsia and Eclampsia. Obstetric Fistula
● Adolescent pregnancies

2. Sexual and Reproductive Health
● Sexually transmitted infections: Prevention and case management
● Life-course immunization, and women´s health:
o Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection and Cervical Cancer.
o HPV vaccination strategies, feasibility studies for the introduction of HPV vaccination in low-income countries.
o Maternal immunization for protecting mothers and babies
● Family planning (FP) programmes in resource-poor settings
● Unwanted pregnancy. Unsafe abortions
● Violence against women and sexual violence
The last day there will be a tutorial session with course coordinators for discussion and review of the course final assignment (1h).
Methods: The course is based on active participatory learning methods. Participation in class discussions is encouraged by facilitators. Methods include and combine lectures accompanied by debates and discussions, case studies, guided group work and presentations.

Students are expected to dedicate independent study time (49 hours) to reading compulsory and recommended material provided by faculty, the preparation of the dissertation
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge on Maternal & Reproductive Health equivalent to tropEd core course level. Students coming from non tropEd master programmes will be asked their previous syllabus concerning MRH.

tropEd candidates must accredit an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent.
Attendance: A minimum of 10 students is required for the course to take place. Maximum 45 students.

No limitation for number of tropEd students, but in house students have priority.
Selection: For tropEd students: First come, first served.
Fees: Academic year 2023-24 fee: 525€ + University taxes (90€ approx.)
Scholarships: Not available.
Major changes since initial accreditation: No major changes since this course was offered for the first time in 2013. The course has evolved and adapted to new knowledge, evidence and scientific developments along time. Feedback from annual students’ evaluation of the course has been considered to improve content and methodology.
Student evaluation: Annual course evaluations are very positive for this course. In general, students ask for a more practical approach or applicability opportunities. The final assessment gives them an opportunity to apply acquired knowledge and skills, but they would like to have more of it.
Lessons learned: Practical approach and applicability opportunities should be considered when developing activities in the course.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Umea, January 2014. Re-accredited in October 2018 and June 2023. This accreditation is available until June 2028.
Email Address: azucena.bardaji@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: 2019-08-14 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2024-06-11 10:28:31 (W3C-DTF)