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Public Health Perspectives On Abortion

Course Status

4th Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Monday, 1:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Safe abortion and postabortion care are key components of comprehensive reproductive health services. However, these services are contested and restricted in many countries. Students interested in learning how access to abortion services, or lack thereof, impacts women's health should take this course.
Provides students with an overview of abortion practice in the United States and worldwide from a public health perspective. Lectures and readings enable 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 epidemiological research on abortion related health concerns
  4. Evaluate the relationship between evidence and advocacy for policy or legal reform.
  5. Assess the impact of diverse perspectives on abortion on women’s health and reproductive health policies.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 11% Participation
  • 44% Written Assignment(s)
  • 10% Presentation(s)
  • 35% Paper(s)
Special Comments

This course addresses a sensitive issue in Public Health. We therefore require that contact information about class instructors only be shared with students who are enrolled in the class. We also require that the class not be recorded to maintain student confidentiality during class discussions. This includes recording through the school, or by individual students on personal devices. Students will be asked to agree to this at the beginning of the first day of class