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This course is offered in two modes: either face to face (on-campus) and fully online.

This course aims to provide an overview of reproductive, maternal and child health in its international context and within a public health framework. The course will take a critical look at the transition from the maternal and child health priorities of the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation. Sessions will include selected topics of safe motherhood, perinatal interventions, child mortality, reproductive health issues, immunisation, infectious diseases, maternal and newborn health in Aboriginal communities, nutritional issues, gender-based violence, HIV and STI among women and children, and cultural practices surrounding pregnancy and delivery that are sensitive to gender and the social determinants of health. Case studies, theories and relevant policies from developed and developing countries will be presented for discussion and debate to improve students understanding of reproductive, maternal and child health issues in a variety of contexts. The course will be most suitable for those wishing to gain an overview of reproductive, maternal and child health and/or pursuing a career relating to women and children. Students have the opportunity to select and focus on a specific topic of particular interest to them through individual and group assessments during the course.

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 3



Delivery Mode

Fully online

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

Course Outline

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