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221.627.01 Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries

International Health
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Luke Mullany
Course Instructor s:

Designed so that students understand the clinical and social causes of high maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Exposes students to the clinical, program and policy interventions that address these issues, and evaluate the strength of the evidence supporting these interventions. Offers students practical exercises in understanding the scope and epidemiology of both problems, and designing and assessing programmatic responses to address them. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base to be able to contribute to the program and policy responses needed to avert maternal and newborn deaths in different contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify causes of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity (from a biological, social and health systems perspective)
  2. Understand the effective elements of antenatal care, essential obstetric care, and post natal/newborn care at facility and community levels
  3. Understand the key elements of different service delivery strategies and the evidence base supporting each of them
  4. Define and calculate indicators commonly used for baseline assessment, monitoring and evaluation of programs aimed at reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality
  5. Discuss mechanisms to influence policy, as well as clinical, social and behavior interventions aimed at reducing maternal and newborn mortality
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be primarily evaluated through two lab exercises (20%), two reflections (short essays) (25%), one group project and group final paper and presentation (45%), and class participation (10%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: