380.662.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Donna Strobino
    Caroline Anderson
  • Course Description
    Discusses the sources of data and analytic and conceptual basis for methodological approaches to the study of maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health. Critically evaluates selected research articles in maternal, neonatal, and reproductive health.
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate Students in the School of Public Health
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • identify the usefulness and limitations of data from routinely collected records and major national surveys for studying maternal, neonatal and reproductive health;
    • use the analytic and conceptual basis of various methodological approaches for studying pregnancy, maternal, newborn, and reproductive health as a guide to evaluating research;
    • evaluate measures of pregnancy, maternal, newborn, and reproductive health;
    • evaluate measures of social and biological factors and their relation to maternal, newborn, and reproductive health; and
    • critically evaluate studies related to maternal, newborn and reproductive health and identify valid inferences from the studies.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on oral presentations and written summaries and critiques of research articles and class participation.

    Two class presentations are required each which include a succinct description and critical evaluation of a research article concerning pregnancy, maternal, newborn or reproductive health. The length of the presentation should not exceed 12 minutes. For one article, students will be identified as a primary reviewer and for the second, as a secondary review. For the primary review, a typed version of the description and critique must be submitted within a week of the presentation as a paper; the paper should not exceed five double spaced pages. A list of dates and student presenters will be distributed by 07 November 2013 (as soon as a final class list is determined). Students presenting on November 14th will be contacted before this date. The presentation is 20 percent of the final grade and the paper, 35 percent. 

    Students also must be a secondary reviewer for one additional paper for which another student is the primary reviewer. The primary and secondary reviewers (10 percent of the final grade) will lead the class discussion of the article. The secondary reviewer also must hand in written comments describing the study and its strengths and weaknesses of the article (20 percent of the final grade); the written comments can be in bulled form for the second reviewer and should be submitted within the following week.

    Students may submit choices for presentation of specific articles and dates including their first, second, third, fourth and fifth choices no later than 05 November 2013.  At least three of the selected articles should be scheduled for presentation at least a week apart. If it is not possible to give all students one of their choices for primary presentation, then the choice will be honored for the article as a second reviewer. An example of a presentation will be discussed in class, and the format is described below.

      All articles for presentation must be read by the entire class, and students are expected to participate in class discussions regardless of whether or not they are specifically assigned to present in a given class. Class participation will be factored into the final grade for the course. (15 percent of grade)


  • Grading Policy

    Primary critique: Presentation 20%; Paper: 35%

    Discussant: Presentation: 10%; Written comments: 20%

    Class Participation: 15%

  • Attendance Policy

    Students are expected to attend all classes. Please let the instructor know about classes you will miss and the reasons for missing the class.

  • Late Submission/Make-up Policy

    A typed version of the description and critique must be submitted within a week of the presentation. Both assignments should be submitted through a drop box on CoursePlus for each, and the date of submission will be noted. Lateness of the assignment will be taken into account in the final course grade. 

  • Modes of Communication (email, BBS, etc)

    Please send emails to the instructor and TA about missing class, late assignments, and questions about course readings and assignments

  • Use of cell phones and laptops during class

    Use of cell phones is not permitted in class and laptops may be used to take notes on powerpoint slides but for no other purpose.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

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