The Masters in International Public Health (MIPH) is awarded by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). It equips graduates to provide leadership and technical support in public health in low- and middle-income countries. Under this programme, students can follow one of four pathways, one of which is in Sexual and Reproductive Health (MIPH_SRH).
The MIPH_SRH course is aimed at providing students with an in-depth understanding of the global aspects of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) that integrates maternal and newborn health topics. In addition, students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to support the strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with particular relevance to SRH that include: implementation and scale-up of evidence-based interventions, monitoring and evaluation, alongside advocacy of SRH among key stakeholders such as government officers, funders and communities.
This MSc programme provides an opportunity for professionals from different disciplines including clinical medicine, public health, policy, funders and administrators to share a learning environment.
Mode of study
The course is full time at LSTM and with a modular structure delivered through lectures, group work, presentations, discussions, self-study and personal tutorials. Students undertake a project about a maternal or newborn health problem of relevance to them and the context that they will undertake the work in. The aim is to equip students with the skills to critically appraise research papers, understand the principals of research and the interphase between research, policy and implementation. Students will also develop skills of scientific writing.
Who can attend?
The MIPH_SRH is designed for healthcare workers (district health officers, medical doctors and nurse midwives involved in clinical care of patients, pre-service medical or nurse-midwife tutors), public health practitioners, policy makers, programme managers, sexual/reproductive health advocates etc who work, or are planning to work, in areas of sexual and reproductive health in LMICs.
Duration: 1 year - from the second week of September each year to the third week of August the following year.
Modules in the SRH stream include:
- Maternal and Newborn Health
This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts and key issues related to Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) and Safe Motherhood. Students learn how to develop a strategic plan for the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, and how to plan, organise, monitor & evaluate evidence-based MNH programmes and services, taking into consideration the importance of effective functioning health systems.
- Quality Improvements in Maternal and Newborn Health
This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts of quality of care in maternal and newborn health. Students will learn the importance of improving the quality of MNH care and services, how to assess quality, reflect critically on their own area of practice and role in quality improvement and appreciate how research and audit differ and how they are related.
- Key Concepts in Sexual & Reproductive Health
This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and SRH services and the key issues in International SRH, including those that arose at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. It explores SRH in the contexts of human rights, equity, gender equality and health systems and policies, and discusses the link between SRH and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
- Sexual Health and Human Sexuality
This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts of human sexuality and sexual health, including sexual dysfunction and principles of and approaches to sexuality and relationship education. It also covers family planning services and programmes, epidemiology and control of STIs/HIV and sexual & gender-based violence.
Recent MSc dissertation project titles include:
- Constraints to exclusive breast feeding among HIV positive women in sub-Saharan Africa: A narrative review
- A Systematic Review on Approaches for Quality Improvement in MNH in Low and Middle-Income Countries
- Stillbirth and Early Neonatal Loss in Ghana. Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions of Healthcare Providers
- Evaluation on Implementation of Free Maternity Services (FMS) Policy in Ghana: A Review of Evidence
- Provider perspective of maternity care and female genital cutting: a qualitative study in the North West of England
- Caesarean section indications and risk factors of maternal mortality following caesarean delivery in 2014, using the Robson Ten Group Classification System, in Kenyatta National Hospital and Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Kenya
- Systematic review of the attitudes of stakeholders on the uptake of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine in LMICs
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