New Online Course From The Lancet Maternal Health Series

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By: Sarah Hodin, MPH, CD(DONA), LCCE, National Senior Manager of Maternal Newborn Health Programs, Steward Health Care

Published in September 2016, The Lancet Maternal Health Series highlighted the importance of improving equitable access to high quality maternal health care everywhere.

Today, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine launched a free online course titled “The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research & Evidence,” featuring maternal health experts and evidence across disciplines including epidemiology, health systems, economics, advocacy, programming, obstetrics and midwifery. This course is designed for those considering or undertaking postgraduate study in maternal health or a related topic such as public health, global health or medicine and covers content from high-, middle- and low-income settings.

Using videos, articles, mini-lectures and discussions, the course will explore the following questions:

  1. What is the state of the world’s maternal health and health care?
  2. What is quality maternal health care, including ‘too little, too late’ and ‘too much, too soon’?
  3. What is the future of maternal health?

The course will be available for three weeks at

Explore papers from The Lancet Maternal Health Series:


Maternal health: Time for a radical reappraisal

Quality, equity, and dignity for women and babies

Implementation and aspiration gaps: Whose view counts?

World Reports

Frontline: Helping women deliver in South Sudan

Challenges for maternal health efforts


Picturing health: Challenges for Syrian refugees in Turkey


Diversity and divergence: The dynamic burden of poor maternal health

Beyond too little, too late and too much, too soon: A pathway towards evidence-based, respectful maternity care worldwide

The scale, scope, coverage, and capability of childbirth care

Drivers of maternity care in high-income countries: Can health systems support woman-centred care?

Next generation maternal health: External shocks and health-system innovations

Quality maternity care for every woman, everywhere: A call to action

Join the conversation on social media by using #FLmaternalhealth and #MaternalHealthNow.

Read summaries of The Lancet Maternal Health Series papers on the MHTF blog.

Browse other online courses related to maternal health on the MHTF website.

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