Maternal and Newborn Health

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Programme Introduction

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.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the concepts, strategies and historical development of the Safe Motherhood Initiative
  2. Discuss critically the causes and determinants of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and the global strategy for improvement of MNH from UN agencies
  3. Plan evidence-based programmes and services for the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and improvement of MNH
  4. Critically evaluate MNH programmes and services and explain the limitations of methods for measuring maternal mortality
  5. Introduce and use quality improvement methods for MNH services, notably setting of standards, carrying out maternal death reviews and criteria-based clinical audit


Who Should Attend

Anyone who works in the fields of international child health would find this course useful, especially doctors, nurses, midwives, community health practitioners and public health researchers.
Pre-requisites - include:

  • Open to all health related disciplines, including medicine.
  • Non-graduates who are suitably qualified by experience.
  • Proof of English to IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 88 / paper based 570

Course Outline

  • Causes and determinants of maternal and neonatal mortality and the global burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity
  • Strategies for reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and the concepts
  • History and evolution of the Safe Mothethood Initiative, with particular emphasis on the key strategies:
    • Skilled Attendance at Birth (SBA)
    • Emergency Obstetric Care (EOC).
  • Measuring maternal mortality
  • The role of health systems in support of MNH
  • Planning, organising, monitoring & evaluation of MNH programmes and services
  • Community and demand-side aspects of MNH
  • Quality assurance methods for MNH services
  • Chair of Board of Studies for Diploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries and Masters in International Sexual and Reproductive Health.
  • Director of RCOG International Office base at Liverpool.
  • Senior Technical Advisor for Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health.
  • Contributing widely to the body of literature and knowledge on Reproductive Health.

10 Academic Credits - Assessments


For an additional fee of £95, you can be entered for full Academic Credits for this course (awarded by the University of Liverpool).  The assessments are:
2013 Assessment details coming soon.

Please note that assessments may change at the discretion of the Directors of Study.  All students will be made aware of new assessment details.  The academic credits are offered to provide choice and flexibility to all our students, and students who do not wish to be entered for academic credits will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.