The Professional Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health (DSRH), first taught in 1995, is awarded jointly by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and is accredited by The Royal College of Midwives.
The DSRH course is designed for both EU students and students from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). It embeds the importance of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) within sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and focuses on reducing reproductive mortality and morbidity through a multi-dimensional team approach.
This Diploma is unique in that doctors, midwives, clinical officers and other healthcare professionals from all corners of the world have an opportunity to work together to learn about the development and evaluation of practical, realistic, evidence-based interventions to improve care for women, babies and children in LMIC in line with global strategies.
Mode of study
The 13-week course is full time at LSTM and delivered through lectures, group work, presentations, discussions, study tours and self-study. Students undertake a project about a health problem of relevance to them and research and identify evidence that can be used to advocate for change. The project requires them to learn how to conduct a literature search and express their knowledge and opinions using scientific writing skills.
The course is taught by multi-disciplinary, multi-national lecturers, many of whom are clinicians. As part of the DSRH you will undertake the Emergency Obstetric Care course which will enable you to develop practical skills to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity in a clinical setting.
Who can attend?
The DSRH is designed for healthcare workers who work, or are planning to work, in areas of sexual and reproductive health in low-resource settings. It is therefore of interest to EU students wanting to work or volunteer in LMIC, as well as students from LMIC. This includes programme officers from ministries of health, individuals working in non-governmental organisations, employees of international organisations (e.g. WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF), district health officers, medical doctors and nurse midwives involved in clinical care of patients, pre-service medical or nurse-midwife tutors and sexual/reproductive health advocates.
Duration: 13 weeks - from the second week of January to the first week of April each year.
Cost: Course fees: £3700.
Accommodation, flights and living expenses estimated at £3300.
Previous participants have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback:
Midwife, DSRH student, 2016, Kenya
"The experience we got from LSTM was tremendous! I have just initiated and implemented the first-ever maternal death review at a healthcare facility we are supporting in South Somalia, bordering Kenya. It was a successful audit. We have managed to audit two deaths so far and it was a great lesson for all of us. Hopefully, we will continue to make more progress in improving maternal and newborn health regardless of the constraints we face. I believe we will be better than what we were before."
Midwifery Tutor, DSRH student, 2017, Ghana
“The knowledge and skills I have received will help in strengthening midwifery practice in Ghana. I will use the research skills acquired to expand midwives’ involvement in the various research programmes in the country through the midwifery association.”
Clinical Officer, DSRH student, 2017, Malawi
“The course was very exciting for me as it covered the exact issues that I encounter in my daily work. I would greatly recommend it for colleagues working in RMNCH especially in low income settings. I think it's a service improvement in itself. I will not take guidelines for granted. Even guidelines produced by International organisations like WHO, I would want to critically examine the evidence behind the recommendations in the guideline before adopting it for use in my setting.”
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