SA492      Half Unit
Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes: Design, Implementation and Evaluation

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ernestina Coast OLDM2.24


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Global Health, MSc in Health, Population and Society, MSc in Population and Development and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course is deals with the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health programmes, especially those that deliver services. The key issues addressed are the design of programmes, their effective implementation, and their evaluation, addressing questions such as:

What role can the mass media play in communicating reproductive health messages?

What special sexual and reproductive needs do adolescents have?

Should violence against women be considered a reproductive health issue?

How appropriate is social marketing as a means of increasing contraceptive use?

What are the main causes of maternal death?

The course covers a wide range of topics, including: the organisation of programmes; issues of strategic management; personnel training; logistics and commodity supply; the tools of management and evaluation, including management information systems; information, education and communication, including the role of the mass media; innovative approaches to reproductive health education, including an examination of the role of formal education and curriculum content; violence against women as a reproductive health issue; meeting the reproductive health needs of "special" groups, including adolescents and refugees; the use of social marketing; issues of quality in service delivery; techniques for evaluating programme effectiveness.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to prepare a seminar presentation and an essay (circa 1,500 words) during the term.

Indicative reading

The course is supported by a VLE containing electronic reading lists. There is no single key text. 


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Coursework (50%) in the LT.

Coursework assignment to be a maximum of 10 A4 pages.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 11.1
Merit 73.5
Pass 15.4
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 33

Average class size 2014/15: 17

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course survey results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 95.1%



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