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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF3150 Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health Module

10 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Steve Pearson

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Two years of satisfactory completion of medical undergraduate course and selection for entry by Module Leader or representative.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of sexual reproductive health, including recent historical developments;
- demonstrate knowledge of the health status of children including under-nutrition and the determinants around the world
- critically analyse links between sexual and reproductive health and social, cultural, political and economic factors in low income countries;
- discuss the role and objectives of linear and comprehensive health service interventions addressing the health of mothers, infants and children.

Skills outcomes
Insight in international health issues.


The maternal, reproductive and child health module will introduce medical undergraduates to contemporary issues surrounding reproductive health; determines of fertility; socio-cultural context of sexual health and differences in practice; theories of population change and their impact on global health, population and development policies; the extent and causes of maternal morbidity and mortality; objectives and impact of both linear and comprehensive health services interventions addressing reproductive health, sexual health, safe motherhood, abortion, maternal health, child health and under-nutrition; health status of children in regions around the globe; the use of infant & child health indicators in the assessment of the health populations globally, nationally, regionally and at grassroots level; principles underpinning the Rights of the Child, its agenda, goals and strategies for achieving these goals; the role of international agencies in child health.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

30 hours - Guided learning
46 hours - Assignment preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students need to do preparatory reading for the seminars and some lectures. Students receive some feedback on their learning from this reading from the lecturer and peers during group discussion.
To help prepare for the essay assignment, students are divided randomly into small groups (4-5 per group) and asked to prepare a short group presentation. Learning resources on effective group work and oral presentations also are made available. Group presentations are made to the larger student group during a seminar. All groups receive feedback from the lecturer on the content, structure and effectiveness and on their presentations.
The Module Leader also holds a question and answer session on the essay assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/12/2018 16:33:09


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