120.620.01/120.620.81–Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology (P. Jordan, J. Evans, W. Wright) Addresses the basic biological mechanisms that underlie male and female reproduction and that pertain to reproductive health issues, such as contraception, infertility, sexually transmitted diseases, and reproductive aging.
380.655.01 – Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility (W. Mosher) Analyzes the correlates of fertility levels in societies and childbearing among individuals and couples. Examines classical theories of fertility change at the societal level and contemporary critiques of these theories. Also examines the determinants of fertility at the individual level, with an emphasis on differences in the timing of first birth and total family size by social class and ethnicity in developed and developing countries.
380.662.01 – Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal, and Reproductive Health (D. Strobino) Discusses the sources of data and analytic and conceptual basis for methodological approaches to the study of maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health. Critically evaluates selected research articles in maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health.
380.663.01 – Gender-based Violence Research, Practice and Policy (M. Decker) Explores gender-based violence (GBV), including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and sex trafficking. Topics include the following as they relate to GBV: epidemiology, theoretical frameworks, structural risks and gender equity, policy, prevention and intervention, perpetrators, populations with unique needs, and health consequences spanning sexual and reproductive health, STI, and HIV. Prepares students to undertake meaningful scholarly, community-based, programmatic or policy work in the field. Emphasizes active learning and facilitates application of knowledge and skills gained to real world issues.
380.664.01 – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (C. Moreau, D. Strobino) Focuses on current research, controversial issues and methodological approaches about the epidemiology of reproductive and perinatal health. Selected topics include, but are not limited to, conception, infertility, contraception, hormone supplementation, reproductive related cancers, complications of pregnancy, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Includes short lectures on selected topics, followed by student-directed discussion of research readings and their public health implications.
380.665.01– Family Planning Policies and Programs (S. Radloff, L. 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.
380.720.01 – Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond (A. Marcell) Focuses on male sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan and explores the meaning of masculinity and the impact of masculine beliefs on males’ sexual and reproductive health and healthcare use. Students critique the literature and explore methods to design interventions working within a masculinity framework to improve males’ sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
380.749.01 – Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (A. Burke and M. Trent) Explores key topics in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH). Topics range from the impact of adolescent physical, sexual, and social development on sexual risk-taking behavior to policy and ethical issues influencing adolescent sexual health outcomes. Using a public health framework, important clinical topics such as contraception, teen pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted infections are discussed from a domestic and global perspective.
380.760.01 – Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health (A. Burke) Provides a comprehensive presentation of several clinical conditions affecting women’s health. Topics include, contraception, cervical cancer screening, and menopause. Uses traditional lecture materials, selected journal readings and expert speakers. Focuses not only on the clinical aspect of the disease, but the health policy implications on women’s health.
380.761.01/380.761.81 – Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice (J. Jennings, A. Rompalo) Provides a comprehensive and current synthesis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and globally. Examines biologic, behavioral, social, and epidemiologic aspects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Focuses, throughout the course, on the diverse factors that contribute to STI prevention and control. Discusses how biologic and behavioral factors influence preventability and control of STIs. Introduces a number of STI prevention and control interventions with an emphasis on evaluation of these interventions. Data-focused and driven by current research study findings and surveillance data. Particularly focuses on considering strengths and weakness of various data sources and study designs and on thinking critically about what’s going on ‘behind the numbers.
380.762.81 – HIV Infection in Women, Children and Adolescents (H. Brahmbhatt) Presents the epidemiology of AIDS and HIV infection, risk factors, and social context for women, children, and adolescents, demonstrating how the epidemic in these three populations are linked biologically, epidemically, socially, and politically. Discusses prevention issues, the theoretical bases of prevention programs, and programmatic and policy issues. Emphasizes the epidemiological and behavioral factors that have shaped the current epidemic of HIV infection. Expert guest speakers present their work.
380.767.01 – Couples and Reproductive Health (S. Becker) Reviews and discusses readings on couples and reproductive health such as: Definitions of couples and of reproductive health; sociological, anthropological and economic perspectives; fertility decision making; critiques of a couple approach from feminists and from those concerned primarily with less stable sexual partnerships for STD/AIDS prevention, and design of couple studies and service delivery interventions.
380.768.81 – Selected Topics in Women’s Health and Women’s Health Policy (D. Strobino, H. Lantos) Discusses major health concerns among women in developed and developing countries within a life course framework that integrates biological determinants of health and the social, cultural and economic contexts of women’s lives. Examines a spectrum of current health and policy concerns, and may include family planning, preventive services for women, chronic disease, migration, gender-based violence, and disability. Also includes historical perspectives and a gender justice framework for viewing health policies.
380.771.01 – Understanding International Reproductive Health Policy (D. Gillespie, B. Fredrick) Introduces students to policy analysis and issues in reproductive health, concentrating on international family planning. Students learn how to analyze policy-making processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy. Uses case studies to analyze past and current global, national and subnational policies. Focuses especially on FP2020, the international initiative launched at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The instructors present an “insider’s” perspective from their broad advocacy experience and achievements of Advance Family Planning (AFP), an evidence-based, multi-country advocacy initiative of the Gates Institute on Population and Reproductive Health. Focuses on training in the AFP approach to advocacy strategy development, implementation, and evaluation.
410.657.01–Communication Strategies for Sexual Risk Reduction (S. Babalola) Focuses on strengthening students’ understanding of sexual risk-taking and provides a solid foundation in communication strategies for sexual risk-reduction from an international perspective. The literature and examples emphasize HIV and STI risk reduction. Adopts a seminar format and consists of readings, discussions, presentations, video viewing, case studies, and critiques of literature on sexual risk-taking and protective behaviors. Includes hands-on analyses and interpretation of empirical data on sexual risk-taking and development of a communication strategy.
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