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Public Health Perspectives on Abortion Policy

Course Status

Summer Institute
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
End Date
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 1:00 - 2:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Do you want to know the public health implications of abortion-related policies? Are you unsure about the relationship between abortion and subsequent health outcomes? Do you want to be informed about the latest abortion research in order to inform evidence-based policy making? Then this class is for you!
Provides students with an overview of abortion practice in the United States and worldwide from a public health perspective. Enables students to critically evaluate current research, public health practice, and policy related to abortion, and to speak knowledgeably and accurately on these issues.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe trends in abortion incidence, the sociodemographic characteristics of women who have abortions, the provision of abortion, and health consequences.
  2. Analyze current abortion legislation and regulations in the United States and internationally and their impact on women’s health.
  3. Critically review research on abortion related health concerns.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 10% Discussion
  • 50% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Paper(s)
Special Comments

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