Philosophy of the Programme
The PhD programme in reproductive health aspires to train students to international standards. Those trained will be better equipped to consider socio-cultural peculiarities in implementing programmes to improve the reproductive health in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the entire world.
The PhD reproductive health course in addition to the objectives of the M. Sc reproductive health, is geared towards preparing students for advances research and academic career in reproductive health.
The PhD degree course is designed in such a way that it is of high quality and able to compete internationally. The products of the course should be able to provide high quality training to junior and middle level manpower in academics and health care institutions. Also, the product should be able to carry out high quality applied research and provide competent managerial capacity for intervention programmes that contribute to the provision of high quality reproductive health services that will lead to reduction of maternal and childhood mortality
Expected Learning Outcomes
The expected learning outcomes of the PhD Programme in Reproductive Health include:
1. Understanding the reproductive health challenges: Obstetric morbidity and mortality, unsafe motherhood; unwanted pregnancies; reproductive tract diseases including cancers, sexually transmitted infections, gender issues, adolescence, the concept of planning for family which consist of family planning and infertility treatment.
2. Obtaining skills for analyzing the determinants and consequences of reproductive ill health: epidemiology, statistics, demography and social
3. Ability to design research interventions focused on improving Reproductive Health through services and policies emphasizing preventive measures and mindful of socio-cultural peculiarities.
4. Acquisition of skills in protocol design, grant applications and presentations of research findings; monitory and evaluation of Reproductive Health programmes.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Reproductive Health
The duration of the programme is a minimum of 24months and maximum of 36months
CONDITIONS FOR GRADUATION
The following conditions must be met to qualify for graduation.
1. The candidate must pass an oral defence for the completed dissertation/thesis in line with the guidelines of the Postgraduate School.
2. Meet all the requirements as stipulated in the regulations of the University’s School of Postgraduate studies.
CONDITIONS FOR WITHDRAWAL
A student who fails to complete the programme in 5 academic sessions will be required to withdraw.
TABLE 1: COURSES, COURSE CONTENTS AND CREDITS FOR
(Total = 40)
|Reproductive Health: Introduction and Foundation
|Reproductive Health: Anatomy and Physiology of the Reproductive system
|Social Sciences; Behavioural and Social Dimensions to Reproductive Health
|Reproductive Health Issues: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality; Safe Motherhood including fetal surveillance and perinatal mortality
| Concepts and Practice of Emergency Obstetric Care
|Reproductive Health Issues: Adolescent Sexuality including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases
|Principles and Practice of Epidemiology in Reproductive Health
|Reproductive Health Issues: Fertility and Infertility in a developing economy; Contraception; Population, Development and Counseling
|Health Economics for Developing Countries
|Research Project Thesis (preliminaries – proposals, literature reviews, Seminars and data collection commenced in this semester)
TABLE 2: COURSES, COURSE CONTENTS AND CREDITS FOR
|Reproductive Health Issues: Gynaecological and Breast Cancers
|Reproductive Health Laws, Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health
|Abortion, post- abortion care and Abortion Debate
|Evidence Based Medicine in Reproductive Health, Research Ethics, Research design and Research Methodology
|Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Reproductive Health Programmes
|Health statistics with Computing
|Research Project Thesis ( continued – Seminars, data collection, analysis and defence)
- MSc in reproductive health or MBBS /BDS Degree from the University of Benin or any of these degrees from universities recognised by the University of Benin, Benin City Nigeria. Also acceptable are Masters degree’s in relevant fields (e.g Maternal, Child or Public Health) from the University of Benin or any other universities recognised by the University of Benin.
- Candidates that have no Masters degree will be required to take courses meant for the Masters programme in the first year. This shall however be without thesis. To continue with the PhD course in the second year, the candidate must have an average score of 60% at the end of the first year.
- A candidate with Masters degree will be qualified for admission into the PhD Reproductive Health course only if he/she has an average score of 60% or letter B in the Masters degree.
- Candidates will be expected to pass a written and oral exam to be conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology