School of Population Health

Maternal and Child Health (PHCM9606)

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Description

This course is offered in two modes: either face to face (on-campus) and fully online.

This course provides an overview of maternal and child health in its global context and within a public health and social framework. The course takes a critical look at global strategies for improving maternal and child health with a focus on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course covers a breadth of global public health issues in this area including: the epidemiology of maternal and child health; antenatal care and birthing; maternal, infant and child nutrition; maternal and newborn health among Indigenous Australians; HIV infection in women and children; immunization, as well as global programs and policies in maternal and child health with a focus on the social determinants of health including gender equity. Case studies, theories and relevant policies from developed and developing countries will be presented for discussion and debate to improve students understanding of maternal and child health issues in a variety of contexts.

The course will be most suitable for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of maternal and child health issues through a gender and public health lens.

Credit points

This is an elective course for the Public Health, Global Health, Health Leadership and Management and Infectious Diseases Intelligence Programs, comprising 6 units of credit towards the total required for completion of these study programs. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Mode of study

External (Distance) and Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim
  • Provide an understanding of the key issues in reproductive, maternal, child health in a national and global context.
  • Provide a critical overview of current policies relating to reproductive, maternal and child health particularly Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Give an overview of thematic topics in the area of Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health to address current programs and policies through critical approaches.
Course Outcomes

The outcomes for this course are to enable you to:

  • Discuss the importance of reproductive, maternal and child health in national and international contexts drawing on key theoretical approaches and through interpreting relevant data.

  • Outline the leading causes of ill-health and death among mothers, newborns and children under-five globally and the potential implications for policy and practice.

  • Distinguish key stakeholders and partners involved in international reproductive, maternal and child health and discuss their values, activities and stake in the field.

  • Describe the determinants of health that influence reproductive, maternal and child health status and discuss potential solutions for addressing future challenges.

  • Appraise the current public health strategies addressing reproductive, maternal and child health internationally, and identify an issue to research in depth, justifying why this is currently an issue of significance.

  • Identify the public health needs of Australia’s Indigenous people, and critically review the reasons and challenges for improving reproductive, maternal and child health in Australia.

  • Evaluate the current challenge confronting the Sustainable Development Goals, and critique standard approaches to improving reproductive, maternal and health issues in populations.

Learning and teaching rationale

Class participants come from diverse backgrounds, with varied forms of professional training and experience.  Participants come from Australia and a number of other countries, with some students internal and others external.  The design of the course aims to ensure that every student can see its relevance and benefit from it.  In particular, it aims to give external and internal students the same challenges and opportunities through the utilisation of technology.

We aim to facilitate an interactive, creative and supportive learning environment where you are able to develop your own understanding of the content and how it relates to different contexts, contribute your ideas, and debate issues with your facilitators and peers. Throughout the course you are encouraged to critically appraise the information presented to you, and ultimately determine what you think is of most relevance.

Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Quiz
Weighting: 25%
Length: 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Assessment Task 2 - Short Essay
Weighting: 25%
Length: 1000 words

Assessment Task 3 - Long Essay
Weighting: 50%
Length: 2500 words

Readings and resources
Learning resources for this course consist of the following:
  1. Course notes and readings
  2. Materials made available in Moodle
  3. Lecture recordings and lecture slides
  4. Supplementary resources such as videos, podcasts
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