Members of the Maternal and Newborn Health Group teach on a number of cross-cutting MSc modules at LSHTM, including among others Basic Epidemiology, Extended Epidemiology, Foundations in Reproductive Health, and Current Issues in Maternal and Perinatal Health.

The ‘Foundations in Reproductive Health’ module aims to give students an understanding of the main themes in reproductive health research including: what the different medical, social, political and gender perspectives are in which reproductive health is constructed; how these perspectives influence research and practice; which demographic and epidemiological methods are used in reproductive health research; and which approaches are used for interventions, programmes and policies through the lifecycle, taking contextual challenges into consideration. This is a core module for students enrolled in the Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc, and takes place face-to-face in London from October to December.

The module ‘Current Issues in Maternal and Perinatal Health’ focuses on low and middle income countries and addresses the following public health questions: what is the burden of mortality and morbidity for women and their young babies; what are the determinants and causes of this burden; what are the available evidence-based interventions and strategies; what are their relative effectiveness; what are current topical or unresolved issues in maternal and perinatal health. The module includes lectures on common ground material and problem-based activities on unresolved or topical programmatic issues. It is attended every year by 40 students, including external students, and takes place from the end of February to the end of March.

In addition to teaching MSc students, academic staff supervise research degree students (PhD, DrPH) from different countries in their specialist areas. Please contact any member of the team if you would like to do a research degree on maternal or newborn health with us.

Our teaching also includes MOOCs, including the highly successful Lancet Maternal Health Series MOOC dealing with maternal health care quality, its current state worldwide and the future of maternal health. Another popular MOOC is the MARCH Centre MOOC (to be launched later this year). It equips participants with knowledge on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in different areas of the globe using the most recent data available, explains current policies and programmes, and facilitates debates among all participants. LSHTM staff have developed the teaching materials for both MOOC in collaboration with external experts.


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