Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,950.00
International 3,200.00

Introduction to maternal and child health in developing countries; maternal morbidity and mortality; antenatal care; safe motherhood: essential obstetric care. Cultural and social considerations in maternal and child health programs. Parenting and family planning. Child health: common conditions and their causes, interventions in child health. Nutritional issues in maternal and child health. Program considerations in maternal and child health.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse global, national and local factors impacting on the health of women and children in developing countries
  2. examine the magnitude, patterns and causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in developing countries
  3. evaluate current intervention strategies for the promotion of antenatal, obstetric, maternal and child health in developing countries
  4. analyse public health programs in developing countries that aim to improve neonatal, infant and child survival
  5. critically appraise principles of program development within the context of specific maternal and child health care issues. 
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to maternal & child health in developing countries
2Maternal morbidity & mortality
3Antenatal care
4Safe motherhood: essential obstetric care
5Cultural & social considerations in MCH programmes
6Parenting & family planning
7Child health: common conditions & their causes
8Interventions in child health
9Nutritional issues in MCH
10Programme considerations in MCH

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