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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6077

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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1629 2007-09-26
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Epidemiology & Biostatistics PH 640300
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr. Wendy Nembhard 9746861

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHC 6077 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Repro & Perinatal Epi
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    PHC 6000 and PHC 6050 or CI



    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to reproductive/perinatal epidemiology and its application in Maternal and Child Health. It examines perinatal & family planning issues and emphasizes factors that affect reproductive, pregnancy and infant health outcomes.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course was designed to address a gap in the training of Masters and Doctoral level students with an interest in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) or Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. This course provides the foundation and equips students with

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course has been very successful as evidenced by the course evaluation as well as the number of students who go on to do research projects, theses and dissertations in this area. It is also a required course for students participating in the MCH epidemiology training program and for students (Masters and Doctoral) in the Department of Community and Family Health focused on MCH. It is also relevant to students in the College of Nursing and similar programs who are interested in conducting MCH or Perinatal Epidemiologic research. This course also addresses an identified need by the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs at the local, state and national level for public health professionals focused on MCH-related issues to have formal training in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The course has been offered as a selected topic course at least three times (Spring 2004, 2005, and 2006).

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The instructor needs to have a terminal degree in Epidemiology and at least two years public health research experience in perinatal and reproductive epidemiology.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    By the completion of the course, the students will be able to:

    1. Describe the key reproductive health indicators, both morbidity and mortality.

    2. Discuss key epidemiologic study design and measurement issues in reproductive health.

    3. Describe the sources of data used in reproductive epidemiology and the strengths sand weaknesses of the different data sources.

    4. Describe different methodologies used to collect data and conduct analysis on reproductive epidemiology topics.

    5. Discuss with key study design and measurement issues in topics such as infertility, birth defects and early reproductive loss, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and low birth weight.

    6. Describe relationships between lifestyle, occupational factors and reproductive outcomes.

    7. Describe the key variables for the evaluation of prenatal care.

    8. Describe the common pregnancy-induced disorders (e.g., anemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and gestational diabetes mellitus) and their prevalence, risk factors, maternal and infant outcomes.

    9. Describe the epidemiology of preterm birth and understand key differences in the conducting and interpretation of results of studies of preterm birth, intrauterine growth retardation and low birth weight.

    10. Describe the epidemiology of stillbirth/fetal death, early neonatal death, infant mortality, perinatal mortality and maternal mortality.

    11. Discuss the concept and public health significance of possible fetal or pregnancy origins of some health problems in later life (e.g., childhood developmental disabilities/obesity, hypertension, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.)

    12. Discuss the public health significance of major reproductive and perinatal problems and the importance of epidemiologic studies in developing prevention strategies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. design an epidemiologic study to investigate reproductive and/or perinatal exposures and outcomes

    2. critically evaluate scientific research studies related to MCH or reproductive/perinatal epidemiology and identify potential limitations and biases

    3. synthesize findings from scientific research on relationships between exposures and perinatal outcomes

    4. report appropriate study conclusions and be able to communicate results and findings from perinatal research

    C. Major Topics

    The major topics covered in this course are as follows:

    1. Introduction, Basic Concepts in Reproductive/Perinatal Epidemiology & Reproductive Health Indices

    2. Basic Biology of Human Reproduction

    3. Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS

    4. Infertility, Infecundity and Pregnancy Loss

    5. Unintended Pregnancy, Contraception and Abortion

    6. Preconception Health and Prenatal Care

    7. Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

    8. Nutrition during Pregnancy & Fetal Growth and Development

    9. Infant Birthweight: Low Birthweight & Macrosomia

    10. Gestational Age and Preterm Birth

    11. Congenital Anomalies and Fetal Syndromes

    12. Perinatal and Infant Mortality

    13. Fetal Origins of Chronic Disease in Adulthood

    D. Textbooks

    There is no textbook for this course (all textbooks previously published are out of print) but students are required to do extensive reading from the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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