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Unit information: Child Health in 2015/16

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Unit name Child Health
Unit code SSCM30004
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Alan Emond
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit aims to develop students’ interest in, as well as knowledge and understanding of:

  • Conditions of global importance affecting children’s health
  • The global burden and causes of child morbidity and mortality
  • Impact of programmes designed to reduce inequalities in child health

Intended learning outcomes

  • Give examples of the practicalities of good perinatal care in poor-income-settings including challenges in HIV prevention
  • Explain the importance of injury in childhood as a cause of mortality and morbidity and discuss the efficacy of accident reduction programmes
  • Discuss the importance and causes of childhood disability in developing countries
  • Appreciate principles underpinning the Rights of the Child
  • Describe global programmes to improve child health such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI)
  • Understand the importance of nutrition on child health

Teaching details

This unit will be taught in the form of workshops using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, presentations, journal clubs, debates and seminars.

Assessment Details

1.5 hr examination – 100% (exam length 3 hours total for two modules)

All students will complete a group presentation during the unit and the summative exam assessment at the end of the unit.

Reading and References

Child Health &the Rights of the Child

International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Lancet series – child survival (2003): Vol. 361, pp 2172, 2226-2234, Vol. 362, pp 65-71, 159-164, 233-241, 262 and 323-327

Waterston T, Goldhagen J. Why children’s rights are central to international child health. Arch Dis Child 2007 92: 176-180

Safe Motherhood

WHO reproductive health site + WHO (1999) Standards of midwifery practice for safe motherhood

Please look at this website which graphically depicts the issues

Nutrition Management of the Child with a Serious Infection or Severe Malnutrition (2002): WHO

Perinatal Care

Seminars in Perinatology 2010 34:371-386 3.6 million neonatal deaths: progress Joy Lawn et al E2%80%94what-progressing-and-what-not

Integrated management of childhood illness

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2005;90:732

Childhood injury

WHO website on injuries:

Peden M et al. (eds.) World Report on Child Injury Prevention.. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2008.