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Unit Overview


This unit presents a global overview of the health of women and their children from family planning through the first years of life. We investigate a variety of determinants of health relevant to these two populations (e.g., exposure to drugs and alcohol, low socio-economic background, cultural background, workplace policies) and how these contribute to particular health outcomes (e.g., peri-natal mental health, pre-term birth, undernutrition). The unit includes case studies spanning the contexts of low to high income countries. There is a focus on developing the cross-cultural capabilities necessary for engaging in child and maternal health research, policy and practice.

The unit will prepare students for graduate employment by equipping them with an ability to integrate the major considerations necessary for engaging in child and maternal health initiatives.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain how social, environmental and economic determinants contribute to child and maternal health outcomes in low, middle and high-income countries; (2) explain the current state of the evidence and current best practices for addressing health outcomes relevant to child and maternal health; (3) evaluate child and maternal health initiatives for their appropriateness in addressing a range of determinants in a culturally-capable manner; (4) present a compelling argument for dedicating resources (for e.g., research, practice, infrastructure) to issues relevant to improving child and maternal health; and (5) create communication materials for health professionals and the public describing child and maternal health outcomes, their associated determinants, and the current best practices on prevention and/or treatment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group oral presentation; (2) essay; and (3) project design. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dani Barrington and Associate Professor Tim Roberton
Unit rules
Enrolment in
91550 Master of Public Health 92550 Master of Public Health 91230 Graduate Certificate in Population Health Studies
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks

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