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Family Planning Policies and Programs

East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Scott Radloff

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. Appreciate the different rationales used to promote and sponsor nationally organized family planning programs
  2. Discuss the role of evidence, ethics, and stakeholder priorities in the formulation of FP and abortion policies
  3. Design family planning program strategies that encompass policy, supply, and demand interventions
  4. Conduct a stakeholder analysis that identifies key organizations to build partnerships that can promote and implement effective family planning policies and programs
  5. Characterize different contraceptive technologies in terms of their service delivery requirements and their appropriateness for different stages in the reproductive cycle
  6. Compute basic fertility and family planning measures and understand the role of distal and proximate determinants of fertility
  7. Understand the acceptability of various contraceptive technologies and service delivery approaches from a user perspective
  8. Specify key elements that characterize a high quality service delivery program, including meeting the needs of special populations, including postpartum and post-abortion women, adolescents, and men
  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