MARCH MOOC: Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action
At a time of global concern over emerging infectious and chronic diseases, it is important to remember that millions of women and children continue to die every year from conditions that are easily preventable and treatable.
This free online course presents the latest data, priorities and debates about the health of adolescents, mothers, newborns and children in an accessible way, so that everyone has the opportunity to engage with the issues.
Explore the lifecycle from birth to adulthood
The course will run over six weeks, exploring the lifecycle from birth to adulthood, to look at adolescent, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.
Each week will focus on a different area, inviting you to discuss the most recent data, and the current policy, programme and research debates that inform action to improve health outcomes.
At the end of the course we will reflect on the importance of lifecycle thinking for women, children and adolescents in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
Get multiple perspectives on maternal and child health
The Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child Health (MARCH) is the central hub for women’s and children’s health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and comprises more than 150 academics working around the world in 100 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In this course, you will hear from MARCH Centre experts in a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, demography, anthropology, medicine and public health.
- Professor Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre
- Professor David Ross from the World Health Organisation Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
Understand case studies from around the globe
Through the use of case studies, multimedia content and discussions with other learners from around the globe, we will consider the latest evidence about how to improve the health of women, children and adolescents in the context of different country settings.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organisation; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with an interest in learning about the health of women, children and adolescents.
The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence
Improve the quality of and access to maternal health services
Imagine a woman in a remote village, perhaps in Africa or South Asia. She’s giving birth at home with a relative. Without access to drugs or transport, she could die. While maternal deaths have nearly halved in the past 25 years worldwide, thanks to the increased use of maternity services, progress has not been universal.
This online course explores the state of maternal health globally, based on The Lancet Maternal Health Series. You will review the latest evidence from experts, and learn what is needed to ensure good-quality, woman-centred maternal healthcare for all.
What topics will you cover?
- The shifting burden of the epidemiology of global maternal health, how it has changed and key drivers
- Capability and coverage of maternal health care including where and how women give birth; linking women to routine and emergency care; facility capability and staffing
- Quality maternal health care and how it relates to evidence-based medicine and respectful care
- Poor quality maternal health care including “too much, too soon” and “too little, too late”, and how care can be improved
- Navigating the future of global maternal health including evolving priorities, challenges and opportunities in the Sustainable Development
- Goal era including shocks; innovations; partnership and advocacy; financing; developing better data collection and research
- Oona Campbell, Professor of Epidemiology and Reproductive Health
- Wendy Graham, Professor of Obstetrics & Epidemiology
This course is designed for people who are studying, researching or working in maternal health or related disciplines such as public health, global health or medicine.
If you’re a healthcare professional, you may find it useful to upgrade this course to support your continuing professional development (CPD). By upgrading, you’ll be able to take this course at your own pace and revisit the material at any time in future. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement as evidence of your CPD. This includes details of what you learnt and the number of learning hours required.