Course Descriptions


Reproductive Health


I. HSC-545: Maternal, Child &Adolescent Health

Maternal health: Historical development of the concept: The historic, socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts that shape the health of women, children and families (concepts of reproductive health, family planning care services, ANC services, delivery services, post natal care services);The basic biology of reproduction and contraception; Maternal health problems: epidemiology of maternal mortality and morbidity;ICPD and Post ICPD agendas; Reproductive health indicators and Sources of data; The safe motherhood initiative: essential services for safe motherhood; uses of maternal mortality and morbidity; Harmful traditional practices: abortion, violence against women; female genital mutilation; early marriage.
Adolescent reproductive health: Global youth today; reproductive health risks and consequences for adolescents; causes of early unprotected sexual intercourse among adolescents; effects of gender roles; adolescents contraceptive use; adolescents reproductive health services; Understanding folk concepts of male and female life cycle- childhood, puberty, adulthood, and aging; Cultural conceptualization of disease and illness. Child health: Epidemiology of child mortality (perinatal, neonatal and infant mortality); the objectives of child survival and child health;diarrhoeal diseases; respiratory infections; vaccine preventable diseases; expanded program on immunization; growth monitoring (Child development and factors impacting on child growth.
Reference:
i. Jonathan BK: Maternal and child health: Programs, problems and policy in public health, Jones &Barlett publishers, USA, 3 Edition, 2012.
ii. Michael HM, Robert, EB, Anne JM: International public health: Diseases, programs, systems and policies, Jones &Barlett publishers, USA, 2 edition, 2006.

II. HSC-546: Infectious Diseases, STIs & HIV/AIDS

Infectious Diseases: Common infectious diseases and epidemiology at the global, regional and national level; modes of transmission and their control; history infectious diseases, policies, interventions and epidemiological transition.
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Definitions of sexually transmitted diseases; classification of STI’s; traditional approaches to STI diagnosis; epidemiology of common STD’s: STI prevention and control strategies; exploration of STI, its biology, risk factors, and socio-economic consequences.
HIV/AIDS: Introduction to HIV/AIDS and modes of transmission; Epidemiology and Public Health Impact of HIV and AIDS at the global and national levels;; its prevention and control strategies; National HIV/AIDS scenario, services and policies in Bangladesh; International Interventions for HIV/AIDS.
Reference:
i. Michael HM, Robert, EB, Anne JM: International public health: Diseases, programs, systems and policies, Jones &Barlett publishers, USA, 2 Edition, 2006.
ii. Kenrad E. Nelson , Carolyn Williams: Infectious Disease Epidemiology;3 edition.

III.HSC-547: Reproductive Health Programs& Policies

This course is deals with the effectiveness and efficiency of reproductive health programs, especially those that deliver services. The course covers a wide range of topics: Causes of maternal death in the less developed world; theorganization of programs; issues of strategic management; personnel training; logistics and commodity supply; the tools of management and evaluation, including management information systems; information, education and communication, including the role of the mass media; innovative approaches to reproductive health education, including an examination of the role of formal education and curriculum content; violence against women as a reproductive health issue; meeting the reproductive health needs of "special" groups, including aged and refugees; the use of social marketing; issues of quality in service delivery; techniques for evaluating program effectiveness; reproductive health policies around the world.
Reference:
i. Amy O. Tsui, Judith N. Wasserheit, and John G. Haaga, Editors; Panel on Reproductive Health, National Research Council:Reproductive Health in Developing Countries: Expanding Dimensions, Building Solutions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 1997.
ii. Laura Reichenbach, Mindy Jane Roseman, Editors: Reproductive Health and Human Rights,The Way Forward,:University of Pennsylvania Press; 2009.

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