About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for FAMILY PLANNING POLICIES AND PROGRAMS (380.665.01), a course offered by the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Introduces issues and programmatic strategies related to the development, organization, and management of family planning programs, especially those in developing countries. Topics include social, economic, health, and human rights rationale for family planning; identifying and measuring populations in need of family planning services; social, cultural, political, and ethical barriers; contraceptive methods and their programmatic requirements; strategic alternatives, including integrated and vertical programs and public and private sector services; information, education, and communication strategies; management information systems; and the use of computer models for program design.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • characterize different contraceptive technologies in terms of their service delivery requirements and their appropriateness for different stages in the reproductive cycle
  • compute the Bongaarts intermediate fertility variables and assess how they relate to the level of fertility observed in a population
  • analyze contraceptive technologies and service delivery programs from a user perspective
  • specify key elements that characterize a high quality service delivery program
  • evaluate the role of incentives and disincentives in a family planning program
  • discuss the pros and cons of integrated versus vertical family planning and reproductive health service delivery programs
  • explain the rationale for cost-recovery in family planning and the observed relationships between price and use of contraceptives
  • assess the roles of the private sector and social marketing in a family planning program strategy
  • formulate a multifaceted program strategy designed to effectively address that segment of the population with an unmet need for contraception
  • critique the ethical issues and human rights concerns that are raised by family planning programs

Course Time

Mon Wed   3:30 PM to 5:20 PM

Course Faculty

No prerequisites.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on exercise set and a paper.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Amy Tsui
E-mail: atsui@jhsph.edu