380.665.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Amy Tsui
    Sally Dunst
  • 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 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.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on exercise set and a paper.
  • Prerequisites
    No prerequisites.
  • Course Schedule

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

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