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Advocating for Global Reproductive Health

Summer Institute
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
End Date
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 10:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
The combination of policy analysis, advocacy theory, and practical application provide students with knowledge of the international health policy landscape. Students gain the skills needed to use evidence, ethics, and experience to effectively guide program and policy development.
Introduces students to policy analysis and advocacy in reproductive health, with a focus on international family planning. Analyzes policymaking processes and ways to influence these processes through evidence-based advocacy within foreign and domestic political and financial environments. Provides first-hand knowledge of effective advocacy efforts and tools. Emphasizes practical application of the Advance Family Planning SMART approach to advocacy, which centers on advocacy objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART).
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss and analyze multiple dimensions (including the role of ethics and evidence) of the reproductive health policymaking process of the U.S. government and other donors, the United Nations, and selected developing countries
  2. Explain how reproductive health policies differ from other health and development policies
  3. Advocate for political, social, or economic policies and programs to improve health in diverse populations using the SMART approach to develop a decision-maker focused advocacy objective and rationale, and request for action at national or subnational levels within developing countries.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Discussion
  • 5% Peer-feedback
  • 35% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 20% Quizzes
Special Comments

Students will attend class sessions virtually. Students are expected to be present and engage in course discussion during the class times indicated.