Title: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV/AIDS
Keywords: Vulnerable groups
Sexual & reproductive health
Country: Netherlands
Institution: The Netherlands - Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam
Course coordinator: Dinu Abdella
Date start: 2023-03-06
Date end: 2023-03-24
About duration and dates: 3,5 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: KIT, Amsterdam
ECTS credit points: 4.5 ECTS credits
126 Student Investment Hours (SIT)
Contact hours: 46 (incl. tutorials, exam), self-study hours: 80 (44 private reading, 8 writing assignment, 10 group work preparation, 18 exam preparation)
Language: English
At the end of the module, participants are able to:
LO1: Critically analyze various concepts related to sexual and reproductive health and rights within the development context.
LO2: Explain and present trends and patterns on a range of SRHR issues and analyze the multi-faceted factors driving them.
LO3: Analyze SRHR issues from a rights-based and gender-based perspective
LO4: Identify and discuss principles of context-specific good practices and interventions in the area of SRHR.
Assessment Procedures:
The module will be assessed as below:

A. Open Book Examination:
• Question type and duration: three hours with essay-type questions
• Weighting: Open book exam counts for 100%

General rules & Instructions:
• The open book exam has separate instructions. Instructions for open book exam, and assessment guides are in the Annex 1 & 2 to this form.
• The student is required to attend at least 90% of the face to face sessions

Resit: Those students who fail can re-sit as per the regulations published in the student’s handbook and in the module overview. The dates of the resit are clearly indicated in program schedule of the academic calendar.
The module covers the following contents: (A final Program Schedule will be uploaded in the Virtual Grounds well in Advance. But a typical program schedule is attached as Annex 3)
• Overview of relevant historical developments, such as the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, 1994) and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and contemporary concepts in SRHR and HIV;
• Causes, consequences and patterns of a range of SRHR issues: sexual health; family planning; infertility; maternal health; antenatal, perinatal and postpartum health; newborn health; abortion; adolescent health; sexual and gender based violence and HIV.
• Key consideration for SRHR and HIV policy and practice: such as gender transformation; rights-based approaches; sexuality; stigma and discrimination; health promotion; motivational interviewing; health advocacy and ethics.
• Participants’ own cultural and social norms and values in relation to sexuality and the way these drive SRHR challenges and responses; with attention to vulnerable groups, such as adolescents, sexual minorities, people living with disabilities, and people living with HIV, across different contexts, including in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
A great variety of learning methods are used, most importantly:
• Interactive lectures (all face to face), reflection of students’ own experiences, case studies
• Group work, discussion forum,

The educational approach for both the face to face and on-site use of an online learning platform (Virtual Ground) is based on the following principles:
As an interdisciplinary approach is required to tackle the SRHR including HIV and AIDS issues, inter-professional collaboration and skills will be practiced throughout the course, primarily based on adult learning principles. Learning methods include: presentations, case studies and scenarios, problem analysis, group exercises, on-site e-learning and online learning activities (in Virtual Ground), self-study, peer-study, and study visit (local field trip).
• At least 2 years professional experience, preferably in a low and middle income country.
• English level TOEFL 5.5 or IELTS 6.0
• Computer and internet literacy; the participant should be able to use a computer with internet as described, and working-level understanding of Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe (PDF). Students will be introduced to the e-learning platform.
• Maximum number of students: 30
• Maximum number of tropEd students: 7
• 90% Attendance is the minimum required.
Selection: see under prerequisites
Nuffic: please check "Orange Knowledge Programme" (https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/orange-knowledge-programme)
Major changes since initial accreditation:
• The total intake has been increased from 28 to 30. The total TropEd intake is up from 5 to 7.
• The direct contact hours has been aligned with other contemporary modules at KIT and in line with TropEd regulations.
• The course now runs on a new more user friendly e-learning platform for the on-site e-learning components. Feedback from students helped us in improving the environment.
Student evaluation:
In academic year 2017/2018, student evaluation of the module was as follows:

• Students indicated that the module was very well received, students were really enthusiastic. They saw links with concepts and contents discussed in many other modules: assessment of health status, marginalized and vulnerable groups, emergency settings, etc.
• The objectives of the module were in line with the learning needs
• The participants stated that they were satisfied on variety of teaching methods. Facilitators were ‘great and qualified’!
• Students stated that the use of various teaching methods were good, interactive, well balanced and well mastered. They said “Online platform was nice, but needed more structuring and moderation/feedback on specific assignments“. Also like: “The discussion forum needed more structure, more facilitation; some people got feedback on assignments, others didn’t“.
• Students commented that although the quality of reading materials were very good, these were too much. Students commented like “Some topics: too much, such as for fragile settings; for STI’s reading could focus more on good practice“
• Students indicated that some sessions were a bit too technical i.e. clinically oriented
• Exam was fair and exam covered objectives of the module. Contents that were covered in the exam were actually taught. However, students commented that with five questions, with sub-questions; nearly all students found it too much for the 3 hours available. Students also felt that the distribution of marks across questions was less fair.

• External students felt that the sessions could have been organized in different order .
Lessons learned:
• We have learned lessons from the module evaluations; and the following changes were made:
o The learning methods for each session were aligned and diversified;
o We revisited the instructions of the exams
o The number of sessions and average contact time per sessions was adjusted to make more room for self-study
• We have also learned how to respond to student’s feedback, and action to be taken as soon as possible , preferably during the module.

Based on the lessons learned and the feedback from students, we have already taken the following actions/decisions:
• Reviewed organization of assignments and tasks foreseen at online platform (discussion forum). Ensure that everyone gets feedback (either by other students or moderator).
• Reviewed of exam questions, and pre-test exam questions by one or a few facilitators/coordinators.
• Someone of the staff should be present during the exam to answer questions on comprehension of exam questions.
• Some slight changes in time allocated to STI’s and SRH in fragile settings
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in 2002. Re-accredited in April 2007 on the EC phone conference, re-accredited in October 2011, in June 2013 and in October 2018 in Berlin. This accreditation is valid until October 2023.
Remarks: SRHR HIV/AIDS is the first module in the SRHR Track of the MPH course, but it is also a stand-alone short course.
Email Address: courses@kit.nl
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-19 02:59:08 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-19 09:09:50 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-03-28 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-01-04 10:48:04 (W3C-DTF)