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The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

intro | reproductive anatomy and physiology | contraception | pregnancy, childbirth and lactation
| maternal mortality | sexually transmitted infections


This module is one of a series of building-blocks self-learning modules designed for students within the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health.

Faculty expect that you will complete the modules within the first month of your study in the Department and will assume that you have mastered this material.

The module and the test may take you between five and ten hours to complete, depending on your existing knowledge of reproductive health. If you already have extensive background in this topic, you may elect to proceed directly to the exam.

The outside links included in the module are for your information and interest. For the exam, you are only responsible for the information provided in the module itself. Although there is no time limit on the exam, CourseWorks times out after three hours.  You should plan to complete the test in one sitting; it does not allow you to save some answers and return later to finish.

You must complete the module, with a score of 80% or better on the online exam, to graduate. Should you receive a score below 80%, please contact Lynne Loomis-Price at, to reset your test after which you may re-take the exam.


This module provides an introduction to the main technical terms and topics that form the basis for understanding contemporary challenges related to reproductive health. All students in this Department must know basic facts about reproductive anatomy and physiology, pregnancy, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, and maternal mortality, in order to translate them into effective public health policies and programs.

Learning objectives

After studying this module, students should be able to recognize and define key terms and fundamental elements of:

  • Male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology;
  • Reproductive development, including puberty and menopause;
  • Pregnancy prevention;
  • Fetal growth and development;
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and lactation;
  • Methods available for abortion, including epidemiology, use, and risks of each method:
  • Epidemiology of maternal mortality, including causes of death, and treatment; and
  • Etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

Table of Contents

Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology


Pregnancy, Childbirth and Lactation


Maternal Mortality

Sexually Transmitted Infections


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