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380.771.01 Understanding International Reproductive Health Policy

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  8:30 - 11:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Duff Gillespie
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2018 - 2019

Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, concentrating on international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policy-making processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Uses case studies to analyze past and current global, national and subnational policies. Focuses espay on FP2020, the international initiative launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructors present an “insider’s” perspective from their broad advocacy experience and achievements of Advance Family Planning (AFP), an evidence-based, multi-country advocacy initiative of the Gates Institute on Population and Reproductive Health. Focuses on training in the AFP approach to advocacy strategy development, implementation, and evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Analyze the reproductive health policymaking process of the United States government, the United Nations, and selected developing countries
  2. Analyze how reproductive health policies affect programmatic and budgetary decisions
  3. Understand how reproductive health policies are different from other health and development policies
  4. Identify external factors that influence the reproductive health policymaking process and the implementation of policies
  5. Develop an advocacy plan for influencing the reproductive health policy process and a monitoring and evaluation plan
  6. Develop evidence-based messages designed to influence policymakers
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, quizzes, policy brief, and development of a Smart Chart™ plan/narrative for a developing country advocacy issue.

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required