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Family Planning Policies and Programs

East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
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:
Linnea Zimmerman

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. Understand and apply measures used in family planning program and policy development and evaluation
  2. Articulate the role of family planning in health promotion and continued challenges to its integration, including issues of equity and quality
  3. Understand the landscape of domestic and international FP policy and discuss the role of evidence, ethics, and stakeholder priorities in the formulation of FP policies
  4. Identify key components of successful FP programs, including new innovations in FP programs and needs of special populations
  5. Apply relevant frameworks to assess the political, economic and psycho-social determinants of FP inequities and their implications for women’s reproductive health across the life course
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% In-class debate (Group)
  • 10% In-class case study of high impact practice presentation (Group)
  • 20% Assignments
  • 25% Assignments
  • 25% Assignments

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Active Approval

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