Public Health & Tropical Medicine

PROGRAM DURATION

6 - 8 Months (Self Paced)
Maximum Allowed Duration: 24 Months
Expected Effort: 10-15 hours/week

Advanced PG Diploma in Global Maternal and Child Health

This program provides you with a thorough understanding of the core concepts of maternal and child health (MCH) and a strong research focus so as to actively contribute towards the development of evidence for upliftment of MCH services.

TOTAL CREDITS: 32

Next Commencement Date

15 DEC

2018

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INTRODUCTION

Why study this program?


Introduction

“Safe Motherhood, Safe Childhood – A Happy Nation”

From the earliest of times, health of the mother and her child have been recognized as a major determinant of socioeconomic advancement and a progressive economy. However, contrary to this basic need of a nation, negative drivers exist in all societies which adversely affect the health of this potentially vulnerable section of the population.

Better Maternal & Child Health (MCH) is a continuous global need rather than being thought of primarily as a discipline focused on the developing world. Evidence-based best practices in maternal and child health (MCH) have transformed this conventional discipline into an interdisciplinary profession, creating a need for specialized public health professionals who are trained to focus on the holistic wellbeing of the mother and the child.

In a true global context Maternal and child health service can be defined as “promoting, preventing, therapeutic or rehabilitation facility or care for the mother and child” focused and tailored towards the specific need of the geographic region, recognizing the heterogeneous nature of the human population and wide range of associated outcomes.

The health of mothers and children is paramount in creating a healthy world. Despite considerable advancements in medical knowledge there are still women and children dying from preventable or treatable conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Current CDC data reveals that still approximately 800 women die every day due to preventable or treatable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of this maternal mortality is in the developing parts of the world. WHO data for the year 2015 revealed that approximately 303,000 women died due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. In 2015 approximately 5.9 million children under five years died and 45% of these deaths occurred in the first 28 days of life.

The objective of modern day MCH service is to commission evidence-based activities to improve Global Maternal and child health and creating a far-reaching impact in reducing maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Most strikingly, MCH services aim at a broad range of activities that tackle the major causes of perinatal, maternal, and under-5-mortality and morbidity. These include both direct and indirect causes of maternal mortality, preterm birth complications, Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), congenital syphilis, diarrheal diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, malaria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, nutrition, maternal mental health, child development issues, injury and violence.

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Global Maternal and Child Health is a distance e-Learning course that provides detailed knowledge and expertise in MCH issues and evidence-based best practice solutions to the problems faced globally. This program also provides MCH professionals a strong research focus so as to actively contribute towards the development of evidence for the upliftment of MCH services.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

What will be taught?


Program Structure

MODULE 01: FOUNDATIONS OF MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
MODULE 02: PREVENTIVE CONCEPTS IN MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
MODULE 03: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SYSTEM
MODULE 04: EPIDEMIOLOGY
MODULE 05: BIOSTATISTICS
MODULE 06: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
MODULE 07: CHILD HEALTH
MODULE 08: INTRODUCTION TO SURVEILLANCE
MODULE 09: DATA AND COMMUNICATION
MODULE 10: PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND POPULATION HEALTH
MODULE 11: GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 12: SAFE IMMUNIZATION
MODULE 13: IMMUNIZATION OF SPECIAL GROUPS
MODULE 14: MAJOR VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES
MODULE 15: INTRODUCTION TO THE MANAGEMENT ROLE
MODULE 16: HEALTHCARE PLANNING, ORGANIZING & CONTROL

TOTAL CREDITS: 32

MODE OF STUDY: ONLINE

ASSESSMENT

How will I be assessed?


Assessment

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the faculty based on the following criteria:

One is the completion of the online multiple choice question tests that follow each lesson; and second is the timely submission of assignments for each study module within the JLI e-Campus.

Your academic performance in the program will be assessed on a 4 point GPA scale. More details about our evaluation system is available in the following link: Evaluation System

ELIGIBILITY

Am I eligible?


Eligibility

The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced Postgraduate Global Maternal and Child Health (APGDGMCH) would include either of the following:

- Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
- Degree in Medicine
- Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health
- Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.

If you lack the above mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply if you have some prior work experience in a related area. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

What support will I receive?


Academic Support

As a student you can interact online with the faculty members and fellow students to network and to discuss important topics via your e-Campus. The faculty promptly answers all questions related to the study in the Online Campus Tutoring Center (OCTC).

Towards the end of the program you will be provided career development support via the “Student Success Team” if required.


PROGRAM VIDEO

Can I know more?


Program Video

Watch our global maternal and child health program video provided below to know more about the importance of this field of study, various career opportunities and the details about the program:



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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

People with training in maternal and child health can find challenging opportunities in various healthcare set-ups. Hospitals, NGO's, Multi-speciality clinics, Healthcare companies, and many local & international government organisations frequently employ people with training in this field.


Some Statistics

"WHO data for the year 2015 revealed that approximately 303,000 women died due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. In 2015 approximately 5.9 million children under five years died and 45% of these deaths occurred in the first 28 days of life. "


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