Skip Navigation

Course Catalog


Term: 3rd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Amy Tsui
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Introduces issues and programmatic strategies related to the development, organization, and management of family planning programs, especially those in developing countries. Topics include social, economic, health, and human rights rationale for family planning; identifying and measuring populations in need of family planning services; social, cultural, political, and ethical barriers; contraceptive methods and their programmatic requirements; strategic alternatives, including integrated and vertical programs and public and private sector services; information, education, and communication strategies; management information systems; and the use of computer models for program design.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
characterize different contraceptive technologies in terms of their service delivery requirements and their appropriateness for different stages in the reproductive cycle
compute the Bongaarts intermediate fertility variables and assess how they relate to the level of fertility observed in a population
analyze contraceptive technologies and service delivery programs from a user perspective
specify key elements that characterize a high quality service delivery program
evaluate the role of incentives and disincentives in a family planning program
discuss the pros and cons of integrated versus vertical family planning and reproductive health service delivery programs
explain the rationale for cost-recovery in family planning and the observed relationships between price and use of contraceptives
assess the roles of the private sector and social marketing in a family planning program strategy
formulate a multifaceted program strategy designed to effectively address that segment of the population with an unmet need for contraception
critique the ethical issues and human rights concerns that are raised by family planning programs

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on exercise set and a paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required

No prerequisites.

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail