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Advocating for Global Reproductive Health

Summer Inst. term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 06/07/2021 - Wed 06/16/2021
Class Times:
In addition to noted meeting times, students will be expected to watch 6 hours of online lectures.
  • M W,  9:30am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Duff Gillespie

The combination of policy analysis, advocacy theory, and practical application provide students with knowledge of the international health policy landscape. Students gain the skills needed to use evidence, ethics, and experience to effectively guide program and policy development.

Introduces students to policy analysis and advocacy in reproductive health, with a focus on international family planning. Analyzes policymaking processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy within foreign and domestic political and financial environments. Provides first-hand knowledge of effective advocacy efforts and tools. Emphasizes practical application of the Advance Family Planning SMART approach to advocacy, which centers on advocacy objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART).

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss and analyze multiple dimensions (including the role of ethics and evidence) of the reproductive health policymaking process of the U.S. government and other donors, the United Nations, and selected developing countries
  2. Explain how reproductive health policies differ from other health and development policies
  3. Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs to improve health in diverse populations using the SMART approach to develop a decision-maker focused advocacy objective and rationale, and request for action at national or subnational levels within developing countries.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Discussion
  • 5% Peer-feedback
  • 35% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 20% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

No consent required