The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the various socioeconomic, cultural, and political factors that affect maternal and child health. This will be accomplished through active engagement in the form of lectures, reading, reflection posts, and presentations. We will also examine current efforts in education, public health, and policy to combat disparities in mother and child health. In addition, students will also interact with professionals in this field, all leading to the goal of gaining personal insight into this field. Students will have the opportunity to present on a specific topic of their choice in the realm of maternal and child health.
Instruction will be given in the first 40 minutes of class, mainly by the course facilitators for the first few weeks. For specific topics such as infectious diseases, global health, careers in Public Health, etc we will work to invite a guest lecturer. For the remainder of the 1 hour class students will discuss the previous week’s readings and assignment with the course facilitators, and any club updates from March of Dimes will be presented. All class instruction will be remote via zoom. Assignments will be reflection posts on discussions in class, on the readings, and personal thoughts. All assignments are due the night before at 11:59pm. Every student will present a final presentation on a topic related to maternal and child health the last two weeks of school. More details will be provided in class. Attendance is mandatory. You are allowed 3 excused absences, including Midterms. If you are unable to make class, please inform one of the facilitators 24 hours before the class.