MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming
This intensive online programme is developed and delivered with the University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH). It is primarily targeted at those interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based sexual and reproductive health programmes and policies in sub-Saharan Africa and other low- and middle-income settings.
Knowledge and understanding
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of:
- Policy and health system factors influencing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low and middle income settings, and how these should be taken into account in the design and delivery of effective SRH programmes
- The influence of socio-political, cultural, legal and ethical issues surrounding SRHR in low- and middle-income settings on the design and delivery of SRHR programmes and policies tailored to the context
- Up-to-date evidence base on effective sexual and reproductive health policies and interventions
Skills and other attributes
Students will be able to demonstrate:
- Critically interpret, synthesise and apply research evidence to support SRHR policies and programs
- Design, and cost a SRHR programme informed by the latest evidence and tailored to the context
- Select and deploy appropriate methods, data sources and quality measurement approaches to monitor and evaluate SRHR programmes and policies
- Critically appraise policy strategies to promote SRHR in low- and middle-income settings, that reflect the variation in needs of different population groups
- Apply skills in communication with specialist and non-specialist audiences, advocacy, and collaborative working to engage effectively with stakeholders who influence sexual and reproductive health policy and programming
Mode of delivery
The programme will be delivered wholly online, with no in person attendance. There will be a mix of live and interactive activities (synchronous learning) as well as recorded or self-directed study (asynchronous learning). Examples of synchronous learning are live online lectures, group discussions and seminars which students are required to attend. Asynchronous learning includes pre-recorded lectures and independent reading.
The programme is 12 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time.
Full-time (12 months)
Full-time students are expected to study approximately 40 hours per week including about 6-12 hours of synchronous learning per week during the teaching term. Live synchronous lectures and classes sessions usually take place Monday-Friday between 9.30am and 5pm in UK time. Students are also required to attend all live sessions, group work and undertake self-led study each week.
Part-time (24 or 36 months)
Students can study part-time by studying for two or three days per week during the teaching term, and spreading all the modules required to complete a master’s programme over two to three years. There are no evening or weekend classes. Depending on module selection, students may be required to attend for different days in each term.
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