HNSC 7300X Maternal, Child, Reproductive, and Sexual Health: Social and Historical Perspectives

45 hours; 3 credits

Introduction and critical overview of public health issues, approaches, and concerns in the area of maternal, child, reproductive, and sexual health. The focus will be on the United States, but global issues will be considered as well. Specific topics will include the medicalization of maternity care and infancy/childhood; the consequences of 'risk' as a dominant ideology for maternal and child health care; issues in reproductive justice, with particular attention to race and class; the historic and contemporary influence of eugenics in public health; the history of midwifery and global trends in midwifery care; and the role of public health interventions in infant care.


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