Title: Global Challenges in Reproductive Health: Evidence and Tools for Programme Implementation
Keywords: Sexual & reproductive health
Gender & health
Disease prevention, control and elimination
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Prof Albrecht Jahn
Date start: 2024-02-19
Date end: 2024-03-01
About duration and dates: 2 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Heidelberg Institute of Public Health, INF 365
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
90 hours
75 contacts hours (30h lecture, 45h group work/ participatory learning) + 15h self-study
Language: English
By the end of this course participants will be able to:

• Analyse Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) policy in its historical context, as well as the MDG/SDG context.
• Critically assess the challenges through the evaluation of evidence from SRH programmes and policies in specific settings as well as on global level
• Apply the necessary tools such as logframe matrix, structured evaluation technics and indicator development, based on the Donabedian dimensions for service quality required for reproductive health programme implementation
• Critically discuss neglected topics of the reproductive health agenda on local and global level
Assessment Procedures:
Participants’ learning will be assessed on:
• 60%: Individual written assignment on a case study (approx. 1.000 words + bibliography)
• 20%: Structured presentation of a pertinent reproductive health issue related to current topics in participants’ home countries (called Reproductive Health Highlight)
• 20%: Debate on reproductive right
If the student fails to reach the passing grade of 60% (average from all three assessments), s/he will be able to re-submit the individual written assignment not later than 2 weeks after receiving coordinator’s comments.
This course gives participants an overview of sexual and reproductive health policy in its historical context, especially its changes and adaptations since the establishment of the Maternal Child Health programme by the World Health Organization in 1948, the ICPD, the MDGs and the agenda 2030 (SDGs).
It introduces participants to the human rights approach to reproductive health as well as strategies, frameworks, and tools (developed e.g. by WHO, UN-AIDS or UNFPA) for improving and managing reproductive health in health systems with a special focus on appropriate indicators, planning processes, and service provision.
It also addresses ethical issues and the relationship between religion and reproductive health.
The course also looks at public private partnership or demand-based financing relevant to reproductive health and its challenges.
This course fosters a participatory learning environment combining lectures (45%), individual case studies (20%), debates, role play, and film screenings with discussions (10%). Course participants have to elaborate a project on a recent or current reproductive health issue in their country (25%). They are expected to attend teaching sessions full-time and participate actively in discussions and group assignments.
English: TOEFL test 5.5 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent language skills
Maximum number of students (including tropEd students): 25
First come, first served.
1.000 EUR for tropEd students, 1.500 for others
None available
Major changes since initial accreditation:
While the overall format has been maintained, we further developed the course:
• Better integration of topical issues and participants’ inputs. On the first day we discuss, which RH issues were of relevance and a matter of public debate in the respective home countries. Out of this list and the specific experience of participants, we develop a list of presentations that are then integrated into the overall course program along the appropriate topic.
• Given the debate on ICPD plus 20 and the high profile of RH in the SDGs, we aim to link RH to this new context
• Based on many debates in the previous courses on issues like rights of LGBTs we have added a unit on RH ethics and RH and religion, which is organised by a philosopher working on health ethics.
Student evaluation:
In addition to the written evaluations we also perform an immediate feedback session at the end of the course. Overall, the course content and teaching has been evaluated very positive. Several suggestions from these evaluations have been taken up: Making optimal use of participants’ experience through inputs integrated into the overall curriculum (RH highlights) and the inclusion of ethical and religious aspects of RH.
Lessons learned:
That our participants provide a unique resource of experience and specific knowledge on the operational level. We are in an incremental process to better tap and integrate these resources while maintaining the overall comprehensive structure.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Basel, Feb 1999; reaccreditation in Lausanne, Jan 2006, in Lisbon, May 2012 and in EC TelCo, Nov 2017. This accreditation is valid until Nov 2022.
Email Address: grys@uni-heidelberg.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-09 23:38:33 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-10 05:48:01 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-10-19 09:51:26 (W3C-DTF)