Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Questions related to sexuality and reproduction are intimately linked to health, well-being and human rights. In this course, you will gain a unique opportunity to explore the field of SRHR together with participants from around the world, and to reflect upon themes and issues that are of global relevance.

About The Course

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are issues of global concern. Sexuality and reproduction are core aspects of human existence, and shape the lives of people in all parts of the world. As conditions change, for example through globalization and socio-economic development, new challenges and opportunities emerge.

In this course, we will introduce you to some of the main themes in SRHR today – Youth Sexuality and Health, Contraception and Fertility, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health, and Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts. We will examine both underlying issues and questions that are relevant all over the world, as well as challenges that occur in specific settings.

You will meet our international team of faculty members and experts, who will highlight the dynamics and challenges inherent in these themes by examining them within the context of current global policy issues, such as sustainability, gender equality, social justice, democracy/participation, and the rights perspective. You will also get a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the course themes with fellow participants from around the world.

Selected lectures and seminars will be given by our international team of faculty members, who have worked with and lectured on SRHR issues within a broad range of contexts. The course is led by Anette Agardh from the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, Sweden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?
Yes. Students who complete all the requirements of the course can request that we send a Statement of Accomplishment.
Do I earn Lund University credits upon completion of the course?
No. The statement of accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University.
What do I need to have, in order to participate?
To participate, you need to have access to a computer and the internet.
What if I want to learn more about global public health issues, after the course?
If you are considering a formal education in the field of Public health, the medical faculty at Lund University offers an international, two-year Master of Public Health program. It is designed to provide students with the research-based knowledge, skills and tools necessary for policy-making as well as for hands-on field work, in a diverse learning environment with faculty and students from all parts of the globe.

Recommended Background

No specific background is required. We welcome anyone with an interest in SRHR, including health care professionals, students in related academic fields, policy makers and other stakeholders working with SRHR issues. The course does not address or concern the medical aspects of diseases or conditions, and no knowledge of medical terminology is needed.

The course is an introduction to SRHR and the main lectures and reading will reflect this. If you already have experience of the field and want to learn more, there will be extra reading and assignments (and discussion topics) to keep you challenged.