Project Description

Philosophy of the Programme

The programme was established as a response to the national need of nursing manpower development. In the globalization of nursing, the trend is towards development of polyvalent graduates who will provide quality care in health care delivery.

Health care delivery requires sound knowledge and professional effectiveness and efficiency, products of the programme will be nurse clinicians/resesrcher .Thus the underlying philosophy of the programme is that

  • 1. Man is a bio-psychosocial being with unique responsibility for health problems and his needs are the focus of all nursing activities.
  • 2. Nursing is a professional relationship between the nurse and his/her client which is based on relevant concepts, principles and theories in the sciences, technology and the arts. It is client-centered; client-clientfriendly and client-attested to ensure quality care.
  • 3. Education is not only a life-long process; it is also an instrument of change. University education is the key to the growth of professionals, hence professional nursing education can be achieved in an institution of higher learning that provide a foundation for general education in the arts and sciences.
  • 4.  Nursing functions cut across the life span of individuals, families and communities within the health care delivery system. In order to provide quality care, Nursing education must meet globally accepted standard as available in the University.
  • 5. The health care system exists to meet the needs of the clients, individuals, families, group or communities, by providing primary, secondary and tertiary health maintenance activities that ensure maintenance of high level of wellness.

Based on the afore-mentioned principles, this programme sets out to produce educationally and professionally sound Nurses whose assertions on nursing care will be unequivocal in every aspect of client care. The programme will also be responsive to the needs of the society.

Programme Objectives

The Masters in Reproductive Health Nursing specialty is aimed at:- a. Providing nurses with competences to function in the clinical areas of Reproductive Health.
The objective of the programme would be to develop the following competences expected of the graduate of the programme.

Competences Expected of Postgraduates of the Programme

The competences of a nurse who is a postgraduate of these Degree programmes in Reproductive Health Nursing include the ability to:

  • Utilize Nursing process in the care of individual, family and community with Reproductive health conditions.

  • Adopt appropriate Nursing care delivery model in any setting.
  • Assess reproductive health client/patient through history-taking, physical assessment, and review of relevant records and make appropriate nursing diagnoses.
  • Apply relevant concepts, principles and theories of administration and management in delivery of health care services at various levels.
  • Plan individual, family and community reproductive health nursing  intervention

  • Assume responsibility for delivery of dependent, independent and interdependent Nursing activities in any setting.

  • Evaluate Nursing care to ascertain effectiveness of nursing actions rendered to individuals, families and communities on objectives set

  • Develop strategies for health promotion and maintenance in families and communities.

  • Develop proficiency in assessing, diagnosing, implementing and appropriate specialized Nursing care measure in any health problem

  • Provide rehabilitative services to individuals, families and adapt to changing conditions.

  • Provide leadership in Nursing and health care delivery in their relevant specialties.

  • Understand and assume leadership roles in budgeting, managing and auditing human and material resources available for health care delivery.

  • Develop proficiency in interpreting special diagnostic reports to enhance management of client.

  • Function as a nurse in any area of clinical practice to establish and maintain a referral system, researchers, academics and administrators/planners in all areas of reproductive health nursing

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Course Details

M.Phil degree: minimum of 2 semesters after obtaining the Masters Degree.
Doctorate degree: minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 12


To qualify for the award of the PhD degree in Nursing Science (Reproductive Health), a candidate must have

  • Successfully completed the course of instruction and seminar presentation approved by the department.
  • Submit and defend a Thesis.
  • Meet the requirement as stipulated in the Regulations of the University’s School of Postgraduate studies.

 EXAMINATIONS, GRADING PROCEDURE AND RESULTS                                                                    


  1. a) In addition to continuous assessment, examinations shall be conducted for every course at the end of each semester. The total score for each course shall be 100%. It would be as follows:

Continuous assessment                  30%
Examination                              70%
Total                                    100%

  1. b) A written examination shall last for a minimum of one hour for one credit unit and three hours for three credit units.

A practical examination shall last for a minimum of one hour and oral/viva, ten minutes.

(ii)       Pass mark: shall be 50% in any course.


Candidates who earn less than 8 credits from taught courses at the end of first year should withdraw from the programme.

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Core Courses offered

Advanced Reproductive Health Nursing Theory Development.
Health Planning and Health Care Financing.
Research Thesis.
Health Policy Analysis
Population and Family Planning
Health Systems Research.

Course code Course Title Units Remarks
NSRH  911 Advanced Reproductive Health Nursing Theory Development 3
NSRH 912 Reproductive Health Planning and Financing 3
NSRH 913 Reproductive health Population and Family Planning 3
NSRH 914 Reproductive Health Policy Analysis
NSRH  921 Advanced Biostatistics and computer  application as it apply to Nursing 2
NSRH922 Reproductive Health System Research

And nursing informatics

NSRH 923 Seminar in Reproductive Health Nursing 3
NSRH  999 Thesis 12
Total Credits 32 Credits

Course description

NSRH 911: Advanced Reproductive health Nursing Theory Development :(3 units).

Critical evaluation of the major theories and model development strategies used in nursing, construction of theoretical statement at specific theory level and the design of nursing research in which the theoretical statement will be examined.

NSRH912: Reproductive Health Planning and Financing :(3 units).

Health problems as the basis for planning health services; models of health care in developing and developed countries; health manpower planning including production and utililisation; cost-benefit analysis of health and Nursing services models and methods of financing health and nursing services, socio-economic and cultural factors, affecting cost and services comfort and evaluation in health planning and health financing with particular focus on Nursing services.

 NSRH 913: Reproductive health Population and Family Health:(3 units).

Demography, population theories and politics, socio-cultural determination of fertility, models of fertility regulation behaviour, planning , programming and evaluation of family planning services, communication , information and education in the family planning;  individual case study on the family health and population programmes.

 NSRH 914: Reproductive Health Policy Analyses :(3 units).

The nature and dynamics of health policy  formulation from a comparative perspective, a review of Nigeria and some developing countries’ health policies, approaches to health policy, formulation, analysis and evaluation.

 NSRH9 21: Advanced Biostatistics and computer application as it apply to Nursing: (2 units)

Includes the application of advanced statistics in processing and analysis of data and report writing: parametric and non-parametric statistics; contingency table; measures of association, simple multiple and partial correlation, regression factor analysis, limited non-parametric correlation techniques and computer procedures for performing these techniques. It will also explore varying statistical methods software packages, networking approaches for health care professionals and development of data collection tools for nursing research. It is intended to help participants understand the benefits difficulties and tensions of using a combined (qualitative and quantitative methods) approach to health care research.

NSRH 922: Reproductive Health System Research and nursing informatics: (3 units).

This course is about how to develop research proposals and conduct research that aims at supporting decision-making processes at all levels of health system with relevant information. It covers promotion of heath system research as a management tool, designing and conducting heath system research project for promotion of nursing services, dissemination and utilization of research funding and training of trainers for health system research.


NSRH 923: Research Seminar in Nursing ( 3 units)

Student will be required to present two seminars in relevant areas of nursing research. This will include past and current issues and approaches in nursing research contribution of Research to Nursing Education and Practice.

NSRH 924 : Thesis ( 12 units)                                   

Research Project on candidate’s area of interest presented in a report (Dissertation) examined orally before panel of examiners.

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