Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Term 2 2014 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr E Kennedy


This unit provides an overview of women's and children's health in resource poor settings using a life cycle approach. It explores the current health status of women and children; analyses the determinants of women's and children's health in poor communities; provides an introduction to program planning, implementation, management and the evaluation of effective strategies; and includes specific sessions on reproductive health; maternal, newborn and child health; adolescent health; children's rights; gender; disability; and healthy ageing.


On completion of this unit, students should:

  1. Understand the place of women's and children's health on the international health agenda, and the primary influences on policy development in this area;
  2. Have increased knowledge and understanding of the determinants of women's and children's health in low income settings;
  3. Understand the evidence base for effective interventions to improve women's and children's health and to increase access to, and the quality of, women's and children's health services.


Essay (2,500-3,000 words) (40%)
Group presentation (20%)
Short answer examination (90 minutes) (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

6 day intensive block (weekdays only)


Basic computer proficiency


MPH5250 and the University of Melbourne International Child Health unit (POPH90086)

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