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Maternal and child health 1

Module leads

Ron Gray Ron Gray

Marian Knight Marian Knight

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the normal course of pregnancy, childbirth and childhood health, and understand the major common causes and consequences of disruption of this normal course.
  • To appreciate the clinical and public health context of prevention and treatment in maternal and child health in both developing and developed countries.
  • To gain an overview of the major challenges in delivering safe and effective maternal and child health.
  •  To understand the methodological issues relevant to maternal and child health research.


  1. Maternal mortality and morbidity
  2. Perinatal and infant mortality and morbidity
  3. Child mortality
  4. Long-term outcomes of perinatal insults
  5. Infant nutrition/why is breastfeeding important?
  6. Real-life challenges in maternal and perinatal health services research
  7. Randomised controlled trials and program evaluation