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Family Planning Policies and Programs

East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Amy Tsui

No prerequisites.


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the different rationale used to promote and sponsor nationally organized family planning programs
  2. Characterize different contraceptive technologies in terms of their service delivery requirements and their appropriateness for different stages in the reproductive cycle
  3. Compute the Bongaarts intermediate fertility variables and assess how they relate to the level of fertility observed in a population
  4. Analyze contraceptive technologies and service delivery programs from a user perspective
  5. Specify key elements that characterize a high quality service delivery program
  6. Evaluate the role of incentives and disincentives in a family planning program
  7. Discuss the pros and cons of integrated versus vertical family planning and reproductive health service delivery programs
  8. Explain the rationale for cost-recovery in family planning and the observed relationships between price and use of contraceptives
  9. Assess the roles of the private sector and social marketing in a family planning program strategy
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on an exercise set, group projects including a presentation, and a take-home assessment exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required