Women’s & Reproductive Health
The MPH concentration in Women’s and Reproductive Health focuses on understanding the general and reproductive health status of women, the determinants of their health status, and preventive strategies and programs to address women’s health and well-being, as well as the health of their newborns. Students may choose to focus on women’s, reproductive or perinatal health concerns either domestically or in a developing country setting.
- The scope and magnitude of health problems for women with regard to their health in general and reproductive health, with a focus across the life span, and including infectious, chronic and disabling conditions
- The determinants of women's and reproductive health, including socio-economic, cultural, behavioral, environmental, political and other determinants
- Analytic skills in the core MPH courses, as they are applied to women’s and reproductive health as well as other methodological skills including demographic, sociological, and epidemiologic methods, and intervention/program evaluation techniques
- Development and implementation of public health programs and clinical interventions to improve the reproductive health and well being of women, including programs related to family planning services, safe motherhood, or health during the reproductive years
Course of Study
|Students must complete the following course: if the course is used as the Behavioral and Social Science Requirement for the MPH, it does not count in the five-course requirement for the concentration.|
|380.604||Life Course Perspectives on Health*||4 credits||1st term [Internet - 1st term]|
|Students are also required to complete one course from each of the three areas below:|
|Epidemiology and Health:|
|380.666||Women's Health||3 credits||3rd term|
|380.668||International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health||3 credits||3rd term|
|380.664||Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology||4 credits||4th term|
|Policies and Programs:|
|380.624||Maternal & Child Health Legislation and Programs||4 credits||2nd term|
|380.665||Family Planning Policies and Programs||4 credits||3rd term|
|Women's Health Policy|
Selected Topics in Women's Health and Health Policy
1st term - Internet
|221.627||Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries||4 credits||2nd term|
|380.761||STI in Public Health Practice*||4 credits||3rd term [Internet - 4th term]|
|380.661||Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Newborn Health||3 credits||3rd term|
|380.760||Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health||3 credits||3rd term|
|Students are recommended to take the following course to meet their biology requirement:|
|120.620||Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology*||3 credits||1st term [Internet - 2nd term]|
|Students must also select two additional courses. A course from the above list that does not fulfill the three concentration course requirements may also be selected.|
|380.749||Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health||3 credits||4th term|
|380.767||Couples and Reproductive Health||3 credits||1st term|
|380.765||Preventing Infant Mortality & Promoting the Health of Women, Infants & Children||3 credits||4th term - Internet Only|
|380.662||Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health||4 credits||2nd term|
|380.762||HIV Infection in Women, Children and Adolescents||4 credits||4th term [Internet - 4th term]|
|380.641||Prenatal and Infant Growth and Development||3 credits||1st term|
|380.771||Understanding International Reproductive Health Policy||3 credits||4th term|
*May not be used as one of the concentration electives if it is used to fulfill an MPH core requirement.
The MPH capstone experience in Women's and Reproductive Health is an opportunity for students to apply the competencies and skills acquired through coursework and other related educational activities (e.g. practicum). Most students fulfill the capstone by undertaking independent investigation with a concentration-affiliated faculty. The project may involve, but is not limited to, undertaking a data analysis, literature review with a focus on policy and programmatic implications, or an analysis of a public health problem using the problem solving paradigm or other related conceptual models. Students register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800) in the 4th term.
Students may also take an additional 1-4 credits of special studies research (XXX.840) for the capstone experience, beginning as early as the 2nd term under the direction of the student's capstone advisor. A written product is required.
The MPH concentration in Women's and Reproductive Health Capstone presentations will be held during a separate evening session prior to the Saturday Capstone Project Symposium.
Maternal and Child Health Certificate
Students in the Women's and Reproductive Health Concentration may also pursue the Maternal and Child Health Certificate. However, there are additional course requirements outside the concentration requirements.