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Sexual, Reproductive Health & Rights

About This Course

The Sexual, Reproductive Health & Rights course introduces the history, ethical dimensions, and current scope of sexual and reproductive health-related issues, programs and policies aimed to reduce morbidity, mortality, and health disparities globally. Students will explore the social, economic and political factors affecting contraceptive use, fertility, family planning, pregnancy outcomes, sexually transmitted infections, pleasure, and sexual violence. It provides case studies to examine important problems and programs in socially diverse settings in developed and developing countries across the life course.

Student participation will be a vital part of this course with lively and intellectually stimulating discussions. Course assignments will be expected to be completed on time and to be of high quality.


Admission to the following program: Master of Public Health; Global Health Track (online)
Completion of the following courses: PUBH 831, PUBH 832, PUBH 806

CEPH Competencies

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify trends in sexual and reproductive health and discuss how trends in one region of the world may affect other regions.
  • Understand how variations in data collection and measurement for sexual and reproductive health indicators across the globe affect the validity and comparability of those indicators.
  • Analyze sexual and reproductive health problems, across the life course, relative to the public health implications for development of research, policy and programs.
  • Evaluate current issues in safe motherhood in developed and developing countries
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal issues in sexual and reproductive health (minors, persons with learning difficulties, abortion, STIs, LGBTQI)
  • Describe attitudes toward providing high-quality sexual and reproductive health education and health care
  • Understand the importance of gender integration and analysis in reproductive and sexual health interventions
  • Describe the elements and contexts of effective interventions to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, men, and women.

Course Staff

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Dr. Tonia Frame, Course Director

My public health experience traverse the Caribbean, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. My experience includes: develop health policy, conducting HIV/AIDS health systems assessment, health promotion intervention and program evaluation research; program management and coordination; and health education and lecturing. Working with academics, practitioners, government and non-government organizations and communities, I have experience in facilitating training workshops, advising on multi-sector committees, inter-organizational liaising, and monitoring performance and program outcomes. I have managed organizational change processes, multi-country projects, and technical writing. I have recently completed my PhD in Reproductive Health which focused on the socio-cultural, programmatic and policy contexts, and highlights gender discourses pertaining to adolescents’ sexual and reproductive help-seeking behavior in Grenada. It is my goal to contribute to the health and development of Caribbean populations.

Shivaughn Hem-Lee-Forsyth

Dr. Shivaughn Hem-Lee-Forsyth

Bio coming later...

John Swope

John Swope (Instructional Designer)

John Swope is a digital learning specialist based in New York City. He works closely with St. George's University, the City of New York, FreshDirect and others building their Online Learning Management systems and strategies. Outside of work, John likes to golf and run (still working on a way to do those simultaneously). He co-hosts a podcast about funny, gritty small business stories at

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the course graded?

Students will be graded on a combination of discussion forums (50%), bi-weekly assignments (25%), and a final project(25%).

What Materials are Required or Suggested?

The following book is required:

  • Look, P. V., Heggenhougen, K. (2011) Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Public Health Perspective. 1st Edition. Elselvier Inc

The following books are suggested, but NOT REQUIRED:

  • Richey, LA (2008) Population Politics and Development: From the Policies to the Clinics. New York and London: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Kotch, J. B. (2005). Maternal and Child Health: Programs, Problems, and Policy in Public Health. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers

When can I access my course?

The course will open on TBD. We encourage you to go through the introductory materials during the first few days. Your first week of assignments should be completed by TBD