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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 6 credits
Contact: Amy Tsui
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss global population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health measures; associated development changes; global levels and trends in contraceptive practice by individuals, couples and societies
Know the linkages between contraceptive practice, fertility change, reproductive and child health, socioeconomic development and environmental change
Identify data sources for, calculate and apply key measures of contraceptive practice and indicators of population welfare, reproductive health and economic development
Interpret data to make informed policy or program decisions
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%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/04/2012 - Fri 06/15/2012
  • Monday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 1
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent is required prior to registering for this course.

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: