• General


    Maternal Mortality

     

    Welcome to the course on Maternal Mortality. Maternal morbidity and mortality remain major problems in many parts of the world - one of the most important threats to Public Health. The purpose of the course is to provide the people who may be able to help tackle the problem with the knowledge and skills to do so. We will focus on identifying the size of the problem, the causes, and the evidence base behind interventions to improve the situation. We will end by identifying ways to implement evidence based solutions in your own setting.

    This course - an Open Online Course (OOC) - has been prepared by, and contains material from, Peoples-uni, an educational initiative providing online Public Health capacity building for health professionals. The course provides basic introduction to key aspects of the discipline of public health. You may want to explore other courses on this site or go to http://peoples-uni.org if you wish to acquire more in-depth knowledge of any particular aspect.

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    How to navigate the course

    Each section comprises a set of resources that we think you will find interesting - click on the collections of resources in each section. There is a forum in each topic for reflection, and there is a quiz at the end to check your understanding of the concepts.

    We encourage you to reflect on what you have learned or comment on the course. When you click on the blue hyperlink in each topic labelled reflection, you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and presentation.

    In the final section you will see that you can gain a Certificate of Completion - the requirements for this are to pass the quiz and access the resources in each section. This is a self-directed course, to be taken at your own pace. We encourage you to reflect on the issues, maybe make notes as you go along as this is a good way to be sure that you can internalise the information presented and the lessons to learn from it. This can then become part of your personal development plan.

    The course was developed by Diederike Geelhoed and Katwesige Wycliff.

    If you are stimulated to learn more, there are a number of other Open Online Courses on this site, and Peoples-uni has a number of modules for individual study for CPD or towards an MPH. 

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    Introduction

    Maternal morbidity and mortality remain major problems in many parts of the world, being identified as one of the most important threats to Public Health. This course aims to provide the people who may be able to help tackle the problem with the knowledge and skills to do so. It will focus on identifying the size of the problem, the causes, and the evidence base behind interventions to improve the situation and identifying ways to implement evidence-based solutions in one’s own setting.

    The course is designed to help you: 

    1. Understand the magnitude and implications of maternal mortality for your local population, and problems in data collection and accuracy.
    2. Understand how the epidemiology of maternal mortality (including the role of cultural, social, and behavioural factors), as well as the structure, functions, and performance of your health services system (local and national levels) are relevant to the causation and potential policy and delivery solutions.
    3. Understand how the structure, functions, and performance of your health services system (local and national levels) might be relevant to the causation and potential policy and delivery solutions in relation to maternal mortality.
    4. Explore and analyze evidence-based policy and delivery solutions outside the health system that can be implemented to reduce the burden of maternal mortality.
    5. Reflect on how you might use the information from this course to develop a plan for the implementation of an intervention to reduce the burden of maternal mortality in your setting.


    This course is an Open Online Course (OOC) that was developed by Diederike Geelhoed and Katwesige Wycliff. It has been adopted from Peoples-uni and was further developed by NextGenU.org (NGU). It was sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program (APTP).

    There are five (5) modules to complete, which include:

    Module 1: Introduction to Maternal Health
    Module 2: Epidemiology and Causation
    Module 3: Evidence-based Solutions in the Health Service
    Module 4: Evidence-based Solutions Outside the Health Service
    Module 5: Implementing an Intervention

    Approximate time for completion of this course is 5 hours at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.

    Engaging with this course

    • To register for this course, complete the registration form. Begin the course with Module 1. For each lesson, read the description. 
    • Each lesson comprises introductory remarks. You can click on the collections of resources in each module. 
    • There is a forum on each module for reflection, and you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and/or presentation.
    • There is a final quiz to assess your understanding of some important concepts. Click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each topic.


    Requirements to obtain the certificate 

    You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment. There are no requirements.

    To obtain a certificate, a learner must successfully complete:

    • All reading requirements
    • All discussion forums
    • The final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts and
    • The self and course evaluation forms

  • Module 1: Introduction to Maternal Health


     
     
    Learning Outcome:
    Understand the magnitude and implications of maternal mortality for your local population, and of problems in data collection and accuracy.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 2: Epidemiology and Causation


     

    Learning Outcome:
    Understand how the epidemiology of maternal mortality (including the role of cultural, social, and behavioural factors), as well as the structure, functions and performance of your health services system (local and national levels) are relevant to the causation and potential policy and delivery solutions.
    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 3: Evidence-based Solutions in the Health Service



    Learning Outcome:
    Understand how the structure, functions and performance of your health services system (local and national levels) might be relevant to the causation and potential policy and delivery solutions in relation to maternal mortality. 
     

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 4: Evidence-based Solutions Outside the Health Service


     

    Learning Outcome:
    Explore and analyse evidence-based policy and delivery solutions outside the health system that can be implemented to reduce the burden of maternal mortality.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Module 5: Implementing an Intervention


     
    Learning Outcome:
    Reflect on how you might use the information from the course to develop a plan for the implementation of an intervention to reduce the burden of maternal mortality in your setting.

    1 Page, 1 Forum
  • Final Exam

  • Course and Self Evaluation & Certificate

    In this section, you can provide feedback about this course to help us make NextGenU.org better. Once evaluations are completed, you will be able to download your Certificate of Completion.
    Click here to give your feedback.
  • Quiz and Certificate

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    You can earn a Certificate of Completion if you access each of the resource pages above, and pass the quiz below.