Courses in the focal area generally cover five major content areas:
- epidemiology and health issues
- biology and development
- programs and policies
- clinical foundations
- research methods
- 380.624 - 380.624.81 – Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs (C. Minkovitz, E. Harvey)
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.
- 380.655 – Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility
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 first birth and total family size by social class and ethnicity in developed and developing countries.
- 380.661 – Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Neonatal Health (D. Strobino, P. Donohue)
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 – 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 – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (C. Moreau, Donna 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.
- 380.744.81 – Nutrition and Growth in Maternal and Child Health (D. Paige, S. Gross)
Examines the impact of nutritional status on growth, development, intellectual performance, health status, and the onset and progress of chronic diseases. Considers ethnic, cultural, and environmental issues related to food intake as well as the relationship between physical activity and health. Examines the origin and basis for the identification and assessment of community need using the national nutrition monitoring system. Reviews federally funded nutrition program outcomes and their policy implication.
- 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 infant mortality and analyzes causes and consequences in a population and development of a programmatic and policy approach.
- Special Studies – Child Health Epidemiology: Trends, Impact or Interventions, and Controversies (P. Donohue)
Focuses on current trends in childhood morbidity and mortality, treatment and prevention, and impact on systems of care. Selected topics will include but not be limited to asthma, complex chronic conditions, preterm birth, injury, congenital malformations, and allergies. Includes short lectures, expert guest speakers including parents of affected children, and student-directed discussion of research readings and their public health implications.
Relevant Courses in Other Departments
- 120.620 - 120.620.81 – Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology (J. Evans)
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. Suitable for students with limited backgrounds in the biological sciences.
- 221.627 – Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries (L. Mullany, A. Creanga)
Reviews fundamental components of strategies for the reduction of maternal mortality and disease. Topics include reviews of clinical basis of maternal complications, maternal mortality measurement, community-level interventions, behavior change interventions, use of traditional birth attendants and program planning, monitoring and evaluation. Emphasis is on the current strategies believed to be effective, and review of previous strategies.