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Intervention science in maternal and child health

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Course description

Language of instruction

English

Course content

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to major methodological and conceptual approaches in the field of intervention science in maternal and child health.

Both established and emerging methods will be discussed and explored through lectures, group work and assignments. The course offers a unique opportunity for senior/postgraduate students to be acquainted with a diverse set of approaches to research design, analysis and interpretation with focus on intervention science in maternal and child health.

The course lectures and presentations are given in English by international scientists. Course lecturers are selected based on their expertise in their fields.

Course theme to be specified for each semester.

Previous topics and main topic for the next semester¿s course can be found at: https://www.uib.no/en/cismac

Learning outcomes

After the course the the candidate should be able to

Knowledge:

Provide an overview of the field of study addressed in the course with particular reference to maternal and child health

Skills:

  • Explain the central theme and approach as it applies to the field of study addressed in the course and be able to incorporate this into current or future research projects.
  • Understand and be able to apply the various steps necessary to implement the methods and approaches addressed in the course into current or planned research.
  • Recognize the value of the methods and approaches addressed in the course and be able to apply these to research in intervention science in maternal and child health.

General competence:

Apply key concepts and perspectives from the course and its field of study independently, in current or future research projects.

Study period

Autumn

Credits (ECTS)

5 ECTS credits

Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

cismac@uib.no

Pre-requirements

Master's degree or equivalent education level is required, with the exception of students on the Medical Student Research Programme.

Compulsory Requirements

Online lectures, online group work, individual reading and an individual assignment
Program

  • 6th Sept, 13:00-16:00 
  • 7th Sept, 13:00-16:00 
  • 13th Sept, 13:00-16:00 
  • 14th Sept, 13:00-16:00 
  • 21st Sept, 13:00-16:00 
  • 11th Oct, 13:00-16:00 
  • 12th Oct, 13:00-16:00 
  • 26th Oct, 13:00-16:00 
  • 9th Nov, 09:00-16:00

Form of assessment

The individual assignment, the oral presentation and the opposition the participant provides to a peer-student will be graded by the facilitators as Passed or Failed.

Who may participate

PhD students. Recommended for candidates affiliated to the CIH/CISMAC Research School

Addtional information

Supplementary course information

Autumn 2021:

Course title: Introduction to implementation science in global health.

Course content
This course gives a comprehensive introduction to implementation science in global health. The course takes a holistic approach to implementation science with a particular focus on global health challenges in low- and middle-income countries. Students will become familiar with concepts and methods within the area of implementation science and develop skills in applying theories, models and frameworks in order to individually develop and defend an implementation science project focusing on challenges of Global Health, and supervise peers in reaching the same objective. Examples will be drawn from ongoing research and from up-to-date scientific literature.

The accumulation of knowledge and its underutilization in practice has become of increasing concern. Both the understanding of evidence-based implementation and approaches to studying implementation will be discussed and explored. The course offers an opportunity for postgraduate students to be acquainted with this emerging field and its application in global health.


A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain what implementation science and research is.
  • Describe the concept of evidence-based practices.
  • Distinguish between the different "target levels" of implementation science theories, models and frameworks.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of applying certain theories, models and frameworks on different dilemmas.
  • Identify, discuss and assess the pros and cons of different implementation strategies.
  • Undertake supportive peer-supervision and develop skills in providing constructive feedback.
  • Propose, construct and defend an implementation science project within global health including theoretical background, implementation strategy and evaluation method.

Contact

CISMAC, Ane Straume, cismac@uib.no

Academic responsibility

Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy
Professor, Centre for International Health; Deputy director CISMAC
Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
Centre for International Health

 Lecturers
Anna Bergström and Leif Eriksson

Reading list

Relevant scientific articles will be shared on Canvas.

Contact

Exam information

Study period

Autumn