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Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

Explore the issues surrounding women’s health, reproductive health, and the health of adolescents and children around the world.

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents
  • Duration6 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Learn about how we can safeguard the health of women and young people

Each year, there are roughly 10 million mostly preventable newborn, child, adolescent, maternal, and foetal deaths. These demographics are some of the most vulnerable around the world and urgently need better health outcomes.

On this course you’ll learn from experts at the World Health Organisation and the MARCH Centre how to analyse the latest data and evidence pertaining to the human life cycle – from birth to adulthood.

You’ll understand how this ‘lifecycle thinking’ can help us take action over women’s health and children’s health in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds JOY LAWN: Welcome to this online course. My name is Joy Lawn, and I’m a professor here at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as the director of the MARCH Centre who have developed this course. Now here at the London School, with famed for being obsessed with the life cycles of bugs and parasites. But in this course, we’re going to take a journey through the lifecycle of the human. And this is something that all of us can relate to. We’ve chosen to start not with the baby, but with the adolescent– young people. An opportunity for transformation. Then we will move to reproductive health under threat on the global agenda.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds Then to maternal health, 30 years of progress and yet, an unfinished agenda. Then onto newborns. Newborn on the global agenda, and still births that are still neglected. And we will end with the child. So many opportunities, and yet challenges. And the last week of this course, we will end up bringing together that life cycle. In each of the weeks, we will focus on where do we need to be by 2030? Only a decade until we need to reach ambitious targets. Where are we now? The evidence we have to bridge that gap around the world. And also the gaps– the research gaps, the data gaps, the action gaps, and the controversies.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds In designing this course, we have learned together and from many participants who took the first edition of this course, 26,000 of you from 130 different countries. And one of the most beautiful things for us has been your participation and your inputs. So in this course, we want to interact with you. You will meet world-leading scientists, and you will meet next generation scientists. We have deliberately incorporated gender and diversity in the faces you will see. And we hope that together, we can learn not just about the evidence, but how to bring that to action, to change outcomes for women and children all over the world. We look forward to this journey with you. Thank you.

What topics will you cover?

  • The health of adolescents and young people
  • Reproductive health and what it means to make every birth wanted
  • The health of women during pregnancy, whilst giving birth and during the postnatal period
  • Newborns and stillbirths in the global health agenda
  • The health of children and the progress made to reduce their mortality.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate health across the lifecycle, from newborn to child, to adolescents and women, in areas of the world where the burden of disease is highest
  • Engage with how different stages of the lifecycle affect each other
  • Evaluate the evidence on what causes poor health outcomes and what is known about how to prevent them

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals, undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree, medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies, and anyone else with an interest in the topic.

What do people say about this course?

Thank you for a most informative course. I have also completed the course on Health in Humanitarian Crises. For both courses the quality of the presentations, the organisation of the material and links to further information have provided me with resources that I will continue to use in my work. Again, thank you.


I found this course very educative and thought-provoking as the facts and figures were laid bare.

Sweet Ruth

Who will you learn with?

I am an African-born, British-trained paediatrician, and perinatal epidemiologist, with >25 yrs experience mainly in Africa, plus expertise in global estimates. Now Director of MARCH @joylawn

Who developed the course?

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.

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