Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
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Course Date: 23 February 2015 to 30 March 2015 (5 weeks)
Questions related to sexuality and reproduction are intimately linked to health, well-being and human rights. In this course, you will gain a unique opportunity to explore the field of SRHR together with participants from around the world, and to reflect upon themes and issues that are of global relevance.
Anette Agardh has more than 25 years of experience
in strategic leadership, clinical practice, teaching, project management and
research in global issues concerning young people's sexual and
reproductive health and rights (SRHR).She has been working at Lund
University since 1999 and is the current director of the Master’s Program in
Public Health and director of the Division of Social Medicine and Global Health
at the Faculty of Medicine. Her current teaching activities include
courses and program in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and in the area of Global
Health. Her research focus primarly concerns life style and risky health-related
behavior among youth, sexual and reproductive health and rights, transactional sex, and sexual coercion
and violence, and with ongoing research collaboration in a variety of international settings.
Karen Odberg Pettersson
Odberg Pettersson has more than twenty years of experience of clinical
work, teaching, and research in international maternal and neo-natal
health.She began working at Lund University in 2006 with the
Sida-financed International Training Programme
(ITP) for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and now
teaches Qualitative Research Methods and SRHR at the Master of Public
Health (MPH) Programme.
ten years in Angola, she worked for the Ministry of Health as part of a
team of health experts involved in restructuring the Provincial maternal
system and as a consultant in midwifery to establish a new national
midwifery education system. Other work experience includes maternal and
child health care in Liberia and Sri Lanka.
Research Karen Odberg Pettersson's primary research focus is maternal and neonatal health.
Liljestrand is an obstetrician-gynecologist who in 1978 went to work in
Mozambique for a few years. Back in Sweden, his research training and PhD came
to focus on area-based studies of maternal health in different parts of
Mozambique. After 20 years of clinical work, including midwifery training, in
1992 he went over full time to teaching, research and planning of sexual and
reproductive health. During 1997-99 he was Chief of maternal-newborn
health/Safe Motherhood at WHO, Geneva, and 2000-2002 he worked with
reproductive health at the World Bank as lead health specialist. In 2002-2007 and
again from 2014 he is co-leader of a Sida-sponsored training program in Sexual
and Reproductive Health and Rights at Lund University. Areas of interest include
STI, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, adolescent reproductive health, and sexual
health. He is a member of the international board of IPAS. Since 2008, he lives
in Cambodia where he works with maternal-newborn health and family planning
issues, within a health systems strengthening perspective.
and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are issues of global
concern. Sexuality and reproduction are core aspects of human existence, and
shape the lives of people in all parts of the world. As conditions change, for
example through globalization and socio-economic development, new challenges and opportunities emerge.
this course, we will introduce you to some of the main themes in SRHR today
– Youth Sexuality and Health, Contraception and Fertility, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and
HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health, and Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts. We
will examine both underlying issues
and questions that are relevant all over the world, as well as challenges that occur
in specific settings.
will meet our international team
of faculty members and experts, who will highlight the dynamics and
challenges inherent in these themes by examining them within the context
of current global policy issues, such as
sustainability, gender equality, social justice, democracy/participation, and
the rights perspective. You will
also get a unique opportunity to
explore and discuss the course themes with
fellow participants from around the world.
Selected lectures and
seminars will be given by our international team of faculty members, who have worked with and lectured on SRHR issues within a broad range of contexts. The course is led by Anette Agardh from the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, Sweden.
I get a certificate after completing the course? Yes.
Students who complete all the requirements of the course can request that we
send a Statement of Accomplishment.
I earn Lund University credits upon completion of the course? No. The
statement of accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the
do I need to have, in order to participate? To
participate, you need to have access to a computer and the internet.
The week by
week syllabus will be announced in August 2014. The course will start with an
overview session that introduces the main themes and defines the terminology
used in the course. The subsequent weekly topics will cover Youth Sexuality and
Health, Contraception and Fertility, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and
HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health and Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts.
there will be lecture videos (5-15 minutes in length) that give an overview of
the week’s core topics and themes. In addition, there will be a set of filmed
interviews with experts that share their experience of working with SRHR issues
in the field. Your course work will involve reading articles, answering
quizzes, writing a short assignment and participating in discussion board
course week, we will provide links that allow you to access the required reading
free of cost.