221.627 – Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries (A. Creanga, M. Munos) Designed so that students understand the clinical and social causes of high maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Exposes students to the clinical, program and policy interventions that address these issues, and evaluates the strength of the evidence supporting these interventions. Offers practical exercises for students to: 1.) understand the scope and epidemiology of both maternal and neonatal problems, and 2.) design and assess programmatic responses to address them. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base to be able to contribute to program and policy responses with an informed perspective to avert maternal and newborn deaths in different contexts.
380.600 – Principals of Population Change (S. Bell) Provides students with a basic understanding of the field of demography—the study of human populations and how they change by birth, death, and migration. Examines how and why birth and death rates change, and how governments and other groups attempt to take into account the effects of birth rates, death rates, and migration on public health, the economy, the environment, and other aspects of human well-being.
380.603.01 / 380.603.81– Demographic Methods for Public Health (ME Hughes) Teaches students the basic methods demographers use to describe populations and analyze population change. Introduces the concept of a population, describes the demographic approach to populations, and identifies sources of population data. Covers four sets of methods with broad applicability in public health: 1) techniques for describing population composition, distribution, and growth; 2) methods to compare populations (age-period-cohort approaches and standardization and decomposition of rates); 3) single-decrement life tables; and 4) the cohort-component method for population projection. Also covers the basic tools used to study the fundamental population processes of fertility, mortality, and migration.
380.604.01 / 380.604.81 – Life Course Perspectives on Health (ME Hughes, C. Minkovitz) Teaches students to frame public health issues using a multilevel, life course perspective. Provides a conceptual framework with which to understand the development of health over time and the interrelated effects of biological, psychological, and social factors on health. Elaborates and illustrates the framework by considering health in specific life stages, highlighting multilevel, life course influences on health, processes by which social influences “get under the skin”, and multilevel, life course approaches to research and practice. Students create a conceptual framework illustrating the application of the framework to a public health outcome their choice.
380.624.01 / 380.624.81 – Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs (C. Minkovitz, S. Riese) Analyzes the structure, organization, administration and management of social and health service programs serving the maternal and child health populations. Lectures, discussions, and analysis of current research and practice present the goals and impact of national programs such as Title V MCH/CSHCN, Medicaid/CHIP, Head Start, Family Planning, WIC/Nutrition, community/migrant health centers, child welfare, and of privately sponsored programs.
380.635.01 – Urban Health in Contemporary America (R. Blum) Introduces students to the historical forces associated with the rise of the modern city and the fundamental characteristics of urban living in the U.S. Discusses the impact of the increase in urban settings on population health. Examines contexts of the urban environment that shape health including: the physical environment, housing, education, discrimination and racism, policing, and safety. Explores the complexity and diversity of the determinants of health among domestic urban populations.
380.655.01 – Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility (L. Zimmerman, S. Becker) The study of fertility is an integral part of population studies (along with mortality and migration) and gives essential background for those studying women’s, infant and perinatal health. This course will cover social and economic theories of fertility, will explore fertility transitions in India, China, the USA and Sub Saharan Africa, will examine major distal and intermediate determinants of fertility and will consider policies affecting fertility around the world. The course will be based on readings that are discussed by student and faculty participants.
380.661.01 – Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Newborn Health (P. Donohue, D. Strobino) Presents morbidity and mortality in the mother, fetus, and newborn and the health care practices utilized to prevent, diagnose, and treat this morbidity. Guest speakers in clinical care present lectures from the clinical perspective; course instructors present the public health perspective.
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.
380.664.01 – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (C. Moreau) 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.
380.721.01 – Schools and Health (B. Marshall) Highlights schools as public health contexts in three ways: shaping development and behavioral outcomes of youth, delivery of health information and services, and research. Explores the school context using the ten-component Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Requires students to visit a school and explore the practical program implementation challenges related to provision and promotion of health in a school setting. Examines the research on the impact school health programs have on the health and wellbeing of school-age children using WSCC framework. Explores conducting research in schools and how that impacts knowledge of what works in school contexts through combination of introductory lectures, discussion, presentations, and a school site visit.
380.750.01 – Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates, and Relationships (C. Robinson) Students review migration and health research to be able to identify key concepts, categories and trends in migration; to describe basic methods (and limitations) in measuring migration, and to analyze the relationships between migration and health, including patterns and rates of demographic change; gender and reproductive health; vulnerable populations (including victims of trafficking); migration policy and human rights.
380.756.01* – Poverty, Economic Development, and Health (D. Bishai) Introduces students to leading theories in economic development and in the macroeconomic determinants of the health of populations, communities, and individuals. Reviews both historical and current cases to answer the following questions: What is economic development? How does economic development occur? Which aspects of development improve and which aspects are detrimental to human health? Can policymakers plot more “hygienic” plans for economic development? Do investments in health and family planning cause economies to prosper? *Offered every other year
380.760.01 – Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health (A. Burke) Provides a comprehensive presentation of several clinical disease processes affecting women’s reproductive health. Topics include contraception, cervical cancer screening, STI, menopause and incontinence. Uses traditional lecture materials, selected readings, and in-class discussion. Focuses not only on the clinical aspect of the disease, but the health policy implications on women’s health.
380.765.81 – Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children (M. Matone) Focuses on the historical problems and interventions associated with infant mortality. Describes the scientific basis for maternal and infant mortality. Analyzes causes and consequences in a population and development of a programmatic and policy approach.
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.
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