Equity Issues in Reproductive Health

Will not be taught during 2023-2024 academic year.

Winter 2023 (2 units)

This is a graduate-level course focused on Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH). The course will cover foundational RMNCH concepts, including providing an overview of selected RMNCH issues in the US and globally, highlighting best practices and innovations in measurement in RMNCH, examining ways in which social determinants influence RMNCH and produce health inequities and evaluating approaches to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.



Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe key topics in RMNCH.
  • Identify sources of inequities in RMNCH outcomes
  • Demonstrate how social determinants contribute to inequities in RMNCH
  • Examine different epidemiological approaches to measurement in RMNCH
  • Assess RMNCH interventions through a reproductive justice lens


Knowledge of introductory biostatistics (BIOSTAT 200), basic understanding of study design. 


Course Director:

Patience Afulani, PhD, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
email: [email protected]


Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
email: [email protected]


Weekly seminars held on Tuesdays, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, January 10 - March 21.


All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


Written research critque (mid-term assignment): 20 points
Specific aims page (final assignment): 20 points
Presentation:10 points
Reading Questions and leading discussion: 30 points
Class participation: 20 points
Total 100 points

A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, F= <60

Only UCSF students (defined as individuals enrolled in UCSF degree or certificate programs) will receive academic credit for courses. Official transcripts are available to UCSF students only. A Certificate of Course Completion will be available upon request to individuals who are not UCSF students and satisfactorily pass all course requirements.

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Winter Course Schedule

Apply for Winter courses by January 2, 2023.