School of Health Sciences

Maternal and Newborn Health in a Global Context

This course aims to extend students’ knowledge of global maternal and newborn health issues through exploration of current evidence and a critique of social policy.

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Course code MIDW4013
Target students Midwives or nurses involved in maternity care.
Prerequisites Registered midwife or nurse
Credits 20
Level 4

February 2023 - April 2023


£1,000.00  (home students)  £2,334.00 (international students)

Application deadline

2nd December 2022



This course considers:

      • Comparing and contrasting healthcare systems and practices in an international context
      • Identifying the difference between global humanitarian responses, development initiatives and their impact on maternity outcomes
      • Exploring and developing the epidemiological, educational, clinical and leadership dimensions of advanced practice in midwifery/nursing
      • Understanding the current debates in global health development and how they apply to the delivery of maternity care
      • Examination of cultural and social challenges to accessing maternity care in a global setting
      • Analysing the role of women’s and/or human rights and feminism in the global maternal health
      • Evaluating the implications of infectious and non-communicable diseases on maternal and newborn health in a low resource setting
      • Developing and improving maternity services through the global research agenda and effective education.

Course learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse and evaluate global health initiatives.
  • Critically discuss the challenges facing maternal and newborn health services and the implications for midwifery and/or maternity nursing practice.
  • Evaluate the impact and burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases on global maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.
  • Examine the differences in management of a maternal and/or newborn health care issue between countries
  • Demonstrate effective communication, analytical, leadership, diagnostic and evaluative skills



How you will learn

The course offers a range of teaching methods including lecture engagement, guided study, tutorials and independent learning.

Total student activity: 200 hours


Course dates

14th, 21st, 28th February 2023
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March 2023


Ways to apply for this course

When applying through MyNottingham please search and select ‘Health Sciences – No Award’ and enter the Module Code and Title of your chosen module in the Personal Statement section of the application form.



Study at postgraduate level and add 20 credits to your learning record.




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School of Health Sciences

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Queen's Medical Centre
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