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Title: Maternal and Reproductive Health
Keywords: Sexual & reproductive health
Disease prevention, control and elimination
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Raquel Gonzalez
Azucena Bardaji
Date start: 2023-04-11
Date end: 2023-04-19
About duration and dates: 1 day pre-reading + 6 days face to face
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: School of Medicine - University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits

Independent study hours (out of class, not directed): 49
Classroom hours: 24
Sessions in the mornings from 9:00 to 13:30 with 30 min break.

Total: 73 h
Language: English
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Analyse key determinants and bottlenecks of main problems on maternal and reproductive health, and debate on best approaches for its improvement.

2. Critically Evaluate the international context - opportunities, barriers and expectations - that affects the improvement of maternal and reproductive health

3. Contrast and interpret the most adequate tools for the development, implementation and evaluation of maternal and reproductive health interventions.
Assessment Procedures:
Students in the course will be evaluated both individually and group based using the following two assessment tools that will result in a final weighted grade:

1. Individual dissertation on a maternal/reproductive health problem in relation with the contents addressed during the course and of interest for the student (75% of final grade).
The structure of this dissertation should include: title, abstract, introduction, main body/discussion, conclusions, and bibliography. Length: 2,000 words maximum excluding bibliography).
The dissertation evaluation will be based on criteria as relevance of health problem, adequacy to proposed structure, identification of key aspects of problem statement (bottlenecks, challenges, innovative approaches, opportunities…), coherence of conclusions with objectives and results obtained and discussion.
The dissertation must be submitted through the University of Barcelona Virtual Campus by midnight of the day before the last day of class.

The individual dissertation must have a minimum grade of 5 out of 10 to be considered for the weighted grade.

2. Work in group + group presentation. Groups of 4-5 people will be randomly allocated by course coordinators. In the last session of the course, the groups will be given a Practical Case of a maternal and/or reproductive health problem addressed during the course. The group will have 30 minutes to discuss what the problem consist of, how they would resolve it and resources needed. Each group will present their proposal of solution in an online public presentation to the rest of the whole group (25% of final grade).

The group work does not require a minimum grade to be considered for the weighted grade.

Re-sit: An individual dissertation on a new maternal and/or reproductive health topic will be used as re-sit for those students who will not reach minimum 5/10 score (individual dissertation + work in group). Assessment criteria will be the same used for the ordinary individual dissertation. The re-sit dissertation must be delivered not later than 15 days since the ordinary grades were communicated.
he course is divided into four parts:

1. Maternal Health (10 online hours):
• Insights and prospects on maternal health problems (2h)
• Maternal HIV infection. Preventive strategies for mother to child transmission of HIV infection (MTCT) (2h)
• Burden and impact of malaria during pregnancy (MiP): limitations and challenges for MiP control and prevention (2h) Post-partum haemorrhage (PPH): promoting effective strategies for preventing PPH (emergency obstetric care) (1h)
• Preeclampsia (1h)
• Access barriers and health coverage in maternal health (1h)
• The impact of Zika virus epidemic on maternal and infant health (1h)

2. Reproductive and Sexual Health (10 online hours):
• Human Papilloma Virus infections and cervical cancer: burden and impact, preventive strategies (2h)
• Sexually transmitted infections: Prevention and case management (1h)
• Obstetric complications. Post-partum haemorrhage (1 hour)
• Unwanted pregnancy. Unsafe abortions (1 hour)
• Obstetric fistula (1h)
• Violence against women and sexual violence (include female genital mutilation) (2h)
• Making family planning (FP) programmes work: how to plan, develop and monitor FP programmes in resource-poor settings (policy implementation) (2h)

3. Advocacy for women’s health (4 online hours):
• Maternal health as an issue of human rights dimensions (1h)
• Health policies and women: the role of international stakeholders in the global women’s health momentum (1h)
• More than half the world: R+D in maternal health as a development cooperation tool (2h)

4. Group work presentations (2h)
Lecture-presentations accompanied by discussion and debate; group work and presentations (26 hours).

Students are expected to dedicate independent study time (49 hours) to reading compulsory and recommended material provided by faculty, the preparation of the dissertation
English TOEFL test score 213 computer-based or 550 paper-based or 79-80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0; or equivalent.

This is and advanced course and participants need to have a basic knowledge of epidemiology and Maternal and Reproductive Health at "core course level".
30 students maximum; 10 tropEd students maximum
Students will be selected for this course based on a CV and letter of motivation.
525 € fee plus approx. 90 € university taxes.
There are no scholarships available for this course at the present time.
Major changes since initial accreditation:
There are no changes in the learning objectives and methodology or content.
The most important change is in the evaluation system, based on student feedback.
Since most part of the course content is about technical aspects, participation was not considered an adequate assessment component and it is not included anymore.
The share of the assessment that was group-based was also contested by part of the students, as they claimed it leaves no room to assess individual level of performance.
This is why an individual written dissertation represents now 75% of the grade that is complemented with a group-based oral presentation (25%).
Student evaluation:
Student feedback was consistently positive over the years on the scope and content of the course, as well as the methodology. Most objections came from the assessment methods that have been now modified. The latest edition of the course received a mean score of 4.1 out of 5 from the students.
Lessons learned:
Including a participation component in the grade assessment seems less evident in courses with a core technical content.
Heavily relying on group-based assessment was objected by some students. Using group-based assessment must be carefully considered and when possible be complemented with individual assessment.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Umea, January 2014. Re-accredited in October 2018. This accreditation is valid until October 2023.
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Date Of Record Creation: 2014-02-21 15:14:06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2014-02-21 15:23:27 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-08-14 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2023-03-28 08:48:31 (W3C-DTF)

Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany