RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES
Reproductive health and related issues are a crucial aspect of development, because of the need for planned population growth and the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, in many developing countries, where improvement in reproductive health is most needed, development is often constrained by the lack of trained personnel with high-level research skills and adequate theoretical understanding of reproductive health issues. In response to the needs of developing countries, the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University drawing on its research and teaching experience, established a graduate training program in Population and Reproductive Health Research.
This program is designed to provide training in the art and science of collecting, evaluating, and analyzing population and reproductive health data. It is designed for individuals working in population, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention programs and other related areas in academic institutions.
Students are exposed to a wide range of theoretical and applied research with special emphasis on socio-cultural issues related to reproductive health.
The shift in the population field from the traditional focus on family planning to new and innovative programs in reproductive health means that advanced training in program evaluation continues to be important.
The IPSR Masters program includes monitoring and evaluation components in a number of courses, with one course devoted entirely to techniques of program evaluation. The 12-month program consists of three semesters.
The first two semesters are devoted to course work, to build a strong foundation for conducting independent research. The third semester is spent completing Master's thesis.
The program curriculum consists of three substantive components: demography, reproductive health including HIV/AIDS, and research methodology.
The Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) was established in 1971. It is located at the Salaya Campus of Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom Province. IPSR has an internationally distinguished faculty of social scientists, demographers, reproductive health researchers and program evaluation specialists. The Institute has developed into one of the world's leading centers for research and training in Population Studies. There are approximately 40 national and international teaching staff with Ph.D. Degrees at the Institute.
The Institute offers graduate programs at the Masters and Ph.D. levels. An International Master's Degree Program, taught in English and focusing on population, behavioral, and social aspects of reproductive health, has been offered for over two decades. More than 270 students from 31 countries in Asia, Central Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe and North America have graduated from this program. In addition, IPSR has, for many years, provided special training courses for practitioners and academics from various countries and organizations.
IPSR has been designated as the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Social Research in Human Reproduction, a UNAIDS Collaborating Center, a UNFPA Center of Excellence in Population and Family Planning/Reproductive Health in the Inter-Regional project on South-to-South Collaboration, and a Wellcome Trust Population Studies Centre for Research Excellence in Asia.
First Semester (September 10 –December 28, 2012)
Examines fundamental concepts and perspectives on human reproduction, especially population size, structure and distribution.
Analytical Techniques in Demography
Introduces students to demographic data collection systems and standard techniques of estimating fertility, mortality and migration, and the construction of life tables and population projections.
Reproductive Health: Perspectives and Important Issues
Provides substantive knowledge in major areas of reproductive health. Both socio-cultural and demographic aspects of the issues are discussed.
Behavioral and Social Dimension of AIDS
Provides an understanding of behavioral and social perspectives and data related to human reproduction, HIV/AIDS and STIs and the designs on the HIV/AIDS prevention programs as well as the monitoring and evaluation.
Second Semester (January 9–May 9, 2013)
Statistics for Social Analysis
Provides students with a basic introduction to statistical methods and their use in analyzing data arising in a wide variety of applications in social sciences. Students are introduced to software used in statistical analyses.
Social Research Methodology
Aims to familiarize students with the art and science of social research methodology. Standard quantitative and qualitative approaches techniques are introduced, with special reference to population and reproductive health research.
Seminar on Reproductive Health
Examines critically current issues in population, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS research in the context of developing countries.
Applied Social Research
Provides students with the conceptual and practical skills to develop research proposals. By the end of the course, students should have developed a research proposal for their Masters thesis.
Statistical Techniques for Multivariate Analysis
Emphasizes multivariate analysis for both continuous and discrete data. The course starts from introduction to Regression Analysis to logistic regression with adjusted probabilities, ordered logistic regression, multinomial logistic regression, and multilevel model dealing with the influence of contextual factors on individual behavior.
Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health Programs
Covers basic concepts involved in the monitoring and evaluation of population and reproductive health programs. The design of monitoring and evaluation studies is explained using Thai and international examples. Statistical methods for program monitoring and evaluation are also included.
Third Semester (May 20- September 6, 2013)
Gender Roles and Health Development (May 20 –July 12, 2013)
Communication Bridging: Population and Health Research to Policymakers
Continues the process of thesis writing, under close supervision of the thesis committee.
NON-DEGREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
Module 2 : Reproductive Health and AIDS (November 5 to December 28, 2012)
Module 3: Research Methodology (January 9 to March 1, 2013)
Module 4: Monitoring and Evaluation (From March 11, 2013 to May 9, 2013)
Module 5: Gender & Health (From May 20, 2013 to July 12, 2013)
Participants will participate in the same classes as Masters Degree students. More than 75 participants from 20 countries in Asia, Africa and North America (USA) have completed this program. Interested individuals are advised to contact the Program Director for more information on eligibility requirements.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
Applicants should normally have at least a Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, or health and life sciences. Some exposure to population and social science research or evaluation related to population, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS is an asset.
Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a document indicating the level of their English proficiency. A TOEFL score of no less than 500, or its equivalent, is necessary in order to keep a normal pace with the class lectures and discussions, and to manage a heavy reading load.
Along with a completed application form and two references, applicants must also include transcripts of their undergraduate or graduate course work and a pre-proposal for their Master's thesis. Admitted applicants are strongly recommended to come with the data sets they intend to use in their thesis research.
Completed application forms and accompanying documents must reach IPSR by July 15, 2012 The final selection of the most qualified applicants will be announced by July 29, 2012 The first semester begins on September 10, 2012.
VISA AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
It is the responsibility of the admitted applicants to acquire a non-immigrant visa to enter Thailand for study. Upon admission, IPSR will provide assistance obtaining a visa at the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate.
All applicants are required to submit a certificate of good health from a licensed physician based on a medical examination performed during the year of the application.
Housing with facilities can be arranged for students either on campus or nearby.
TUITION, FEES AND OTHER EXPENSES
The tuition and fees for the entire program (12 months) is US$ 8,000. These are to be paid upon registration at the beginning of the first semester. In addition, each student will need US$ 300 for health insurance, US$ 400 for thesis preparation, and US$ 600 for books for the entire program. Living costs are approximately US$ 600 per month.
Applicants are advised to seek their own financial support. Some potential sources of funding include bilateral and multilateral agencies such as the Ford Foundation, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Population Council, UNFPA, UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank’s Graduate Scholarship Program, and the Wellcome Trust, UK.
An application form can be downloaded from the website : www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th
EMERITUS PROFESSOR DR. APHICHAT CHAMRATRITHIRONG
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