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TM5562 - Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject provides students with an overview of reproductive health in an international context and within a public health framework. Topics will include: introduction to relevant health indicators and progress towards related Millennium Development Goals, global initiatives in reproductive health, family planning, safe abortion, antenatal and postnatal care, commodity security, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, obstetric fistula, sexually transmitted infections, cervical screening and human papilloma virus vaccination, female genital mutilation, child marriage, adolescent reproductive health, gender based violence and reproductive health in emergency settings. Current international guidelines and policies, research and case studies will be presented. This subject is suitable for students wishing to gain a public health perspective of reproductive health in an international context, with the opportunity to focus on a specific issue of interest. While this course is suitable for both clinical and non-clinical participants, additional optional clinically focussed readings/resources will be provided but will not be examinable. Student feedback has contributed to the revision of this subject with a greater emphasis on public health issues and less on direct clinical care.

Learning Outcomes

  • articulate the key reproductive health issues for developing countries within a public health framework;
  • analyse the challenges to improving reproductive health outcomes in a developing country context;
  • appraise country level reproductive health programs in relation to current global strategies;
  • design a reproductive health program in a developing country context.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Briefing paper - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Complete and submit both assessment items


Cairns, Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Ms Sandra Downing
Lecturers: Ms Sonia Girle, Ms Sandra Downing.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours online activity - Self directed online learning and assessment
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.