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Understanding and Changing International Reproductive Health Policy


East Baltimore
4th term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Duff Gillespie

Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, especially international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policymaking processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Case studies are used to analyze policies. Focues on FP2020, the international partnership launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructors present an “insider’s” perspective for most cases and will draw heavily on Advance Family Planning (AFP), a multi-country advocacy initiative. Training in the AFP SMART approach to advocacy is a core part of the course.

Learning Objectives:

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

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

The grading in this course is based on individual participation and individual written assignments.

Course participation (20 percent)
Includes 5 non-graded quizzes, attendance, and participation in discussions.

Written Assignments:
Briefer (30 percent)

Report using the AFP SMART approach to strategy development for a developing country advocacy issue (50 percent)

Note: For both the Briefer and AFP SMART report, students will choose from the issues and countries below. It is not required to use the same issue and/or country for both assignments, though such an approach may be to your advantage.

Issue Options:
• Tasksharing/shifting for service delivery
• Policy issues related to decentralization of governance
• Funding

Country Options: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

No consent required