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380.770.11 Reproductive Health and Development: Analytic Skills for Programs and Policies


Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Summer Inst. term
6 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Mon 06/04/2012 - Fri 06/15/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Amy Tsui
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only



Introduces students to contemporary population, reproductive health and development issues. The theme for 2011 will be on the linkage between universal access to family planning and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Participants will complete data-driven exercises that strengthen their analytic and interpretive skills to understand linkages between healthy reproduction and demographic change, sexual health, and economic and social development outcomes. Participants familiar with software applications, such as SPSS or STATA, will receive specialized training in survey data analysis, while other participants will be guided through policy and program analyses using STAT Compiler and Spectrum to inform future development needs. Seminar topics include family planning in global development policy; fertility regulation; linkages between contraception, fertility and individual- and societal-level outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss global population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health measures; associated development changes; global levels and trends in contraceptive practice by individuals, couples and societies
  2. Know the linkages between contraceptive practice, fertility change, reproductive and child health, socioeconomic development and environmental change
  3. Identify data sources for, calculate and apply key measures of contraceptive practice and indicators of population welfare, reproductive health and economic development
  4. Interpret data to make informed policy or program decisions
  5. Apply analytic tools to compile evidence to inform a plan of action to achieve universal access to family planning
Methods of Assessment:

Course Participation (20%); Course Paper (60%); Final Presentation (20%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent is required prior to registering for this course.

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