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

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Course Date: 23 February 2015 to 30 March 2015 (5 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

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.

Estimated Workload: 5-7 hours/week

Course Instructors

Anette Agardh


Anette Agardh has more than 25 years of experience in strategic leadership, clinical practice, teaching, project management and research in global issues concerning young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She has been working at Lund University since 1999 and is the current director of the Master’s Program in Public Health and director of the Division of Social Medicine and Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine. Her current teaching activities include courses and program in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and in the area of Global Health. Her research focus primarly concerns life style and risky health-related behavior among youth, sexual and reproductive health and rights, transactional sex, and sexual coercion and violence, and with ongoing research collaboration in a variety of international settings.

Karen Odberg Pettersson

Karen Odberg Pettersson has more than twenty years of experience of clinical work, teaching, and research in international maternal and neo-natal health. She began working at Lund University in 2006 with the Sida-financed International Training Programme (ITP) for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and now teaches Qualitative Research Methods and SRHR at the Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme. During her ten years in Angola, she worked for the Ministry of Health as part of a team of health experts involved in restructuring the Provincial maternal health care system and as a consultant in midwifery to establish a new national midwifery education system. Other work experience includes maternal and child health care in Liberia and Sri Lanka.

Karen Odberg Pettersson's primary research focus is maternal and neonatal health.

Jerker Liljestrand

Jerker Liljestrand is an obstetrician-gynecologist who in 1978 went to work in Mozambique for a few years. Back in Sweden, his research training and PhD came to focus on area-based studies of maternal health in different parts of Mozambique. After 20 years of clinical work, including midwifery training, in 1992 he went over full time to teaching, research and planning of sexual and reproductive health. During 1997-99 he was Chief of maternal-newborn health/Safe Motherhood at WHO, Geneva, and 2000-2002 he worked with reproductive health at the World Bank as lead health specialist. In 2002-2007 and again from 2014 he is co-leader of a Sida-sponsored training program in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Lund University. Areas of interest include STI, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, adolescent reproductive health, and sexual health. He is a member of the international board of IPAS. Since 2008, he lives in Cambodia where he works with maternal-newborn health and family planning issues, within a health systems strengthening perspective.

Course Description

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.


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.


The week by week syllabus will be announced in August 2014. The course will start with an overview session that introduces the main themes and defines the terminology used in the course. The subsequent weekly topics will cover Youth Sexuality and Health, Contraception and Fertility, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health and Violence in Sexual and Reproductive Contexts.


Each week, there will be lecture videos (5-15 minutes in length) that give an overview of the week’s core topics and themes. In addition, there will be a set of filmed interviews with experts that share their experience of working with SRHR issues in the field. Your course work will involve reading articles, answering quizzes, writing a short assignment and participating in discussion board activities.

Suggested Reading

Each course week, we will provide links that allow you to access the required reading free of cost. 

Course Workload

5-7 hours/week

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