Maternal and Child Health: Socio-Cultural Perspectives MSc
Facts about Maternal and Child Health: Socio-Cultural Perspectives
|Duration||Full time: one year
Part time: two years
|Attendance||Full time: two days per week
Part time: one day per week
|Assessment||Essays; examination; reflective essays and portfolio development; presentations; research dissertation
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This interprofessional masters course is ideal for children's nurses, health visitors, midwives and other practitioners working within maternity and children's services. Other practitioners working in health and social care might also find the course content of interest, choosing elements applicable to their area of work.
The course focuses on global concerns about determinants of maternal and child health, alongside an exploration of the impact of government policies on the provisions of care. It also enables practitioners to enhance their critical and analytical skills through the application of theories and concepts underpinning relevant areas of practice.
What will you study?
The overall aim of this course is to enable midwives, children's nurses, nurses and other professionals to explore issues surrounding the health and social care of women, children and young people, while considering their own unique role in service improvements. It also provides the opportunity to research a specific area of maternal and child healthcare in depth through the masters-level dissertation.
Key areas of study include:
- determinants of maternal and child health (national and international perspectives);
- ethical and legal issues relating to maternal and child healthcare;
- specialist and generic knowledge required for collaborative working in maternity and children's services; and
- research methods and critical enquiry.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.
Core and option modules are listed below.
- Determinants of Maternal and Child Health
- Power, Risk and Organisational Culture
- Research Methods
- Research Project Planning and Management
- Research Project (Dissertation)
Option modules (choose four)
- Biodynamics of Reproductive Health
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Factors Influencing Children's and Young People's Development
- Leading and Managing People in Healthcare
- Managing Information in Healthcare
- Managing Pain in Children
- Perinatal Mental Health
- Professional Development and Excellence in Clinical Practice
- Professional Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Sexual Health and Wellbeing
- Supervision of Midwives (double module)
Understanding Childhood Experience for Safeguarding Health and Promoting Wellbeing
This core module focuses on the use of observation skills to enhance your understanding of child and carer needs and experience. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
- apply knowledge of recent research about child health, development and wellbeing, including the impact on children and families of loss and transitions;
- demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate risks facing children and carers;
- reflect critically on practice experience, including evaluation of interventions intended to promote positive change for individuals and families; and
- show effective use of research skills and ability to share learning with colleagues.
The assessment of this module requires evaluation of current work with a child and family in the light of learning from three key sources:
- a report of a child observation study, including detailed records of observations;
- individual and small group presentations of practice experience; and
- knowledge of contemporary research surrounding child health, development and wellbeing, including the impact on children and families of loss and transitions.