Global Maternal and Child Health

The course provides an introduction to the problems facing mothers and children in developing countries. The seminars address the main causes of child and maternal mortality and the socio-cultural factors affecting them. Malnutrition, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and the perinatal period are examined in detail as well as important infectious diseases such vaccine preventable diseases, HIV, malaria and diarrhoeal disease. The impact of public health programmes addressing these diseases are explored. 

Tutors: Jenny Hall and Fred Martineau

Course structure: The course is ten weeks long. Each week there is a ninety-minute lecture and ninety-minute tutorial.

Assessment: Oral examination (90%), Group presentation (10%)

(Assessment for Affiliates who are here for Term 1 only: 2000 word Essay (90%), Group presentation (10%))


  • Overview of maternal and child health
  • Maternal health
  • Neonatal health
  • Malnutrition
  • Social and cultural determinants of MCH
  • Immunisation, malaria, IMCI
  • Disability
  • Children in difficult circumstances
  • Adolescent health