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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.

THE PROGRAM

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

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.

IPSR'S COLLABORATION

  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Social
  • Research in Human Reproduction
  • UNAIDS Collaborating Centre
  • UNFPA Center of Excellence
  • The Wellcome Trust Population Studies Centre for Research Excellence in Asia

First Semester / 2014 (11 August - 12 December 2014)

Orientation: 15 August 2014

Module 1: Population Studies (18 August – 10 October 2014)
Required course (2)

PRRH 550 Substantive Demography
Examines fundamental concepts and perspectives on human reproduction, especially population size, structure and distribution.

PRRH 555 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.

Module 2: Reproductive Health and AIDS (13 October - 12 December 2014)
Required course (2)

PRRH 556 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.

PRRH 510 Behavioral and Social Dimensions 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.

Academic Field Trip (15 - 19 December 2014)
(Semester break 20 December 2014 – 6 January 2015)

 

 

Second Semester / 2014 (7 January - 22 May 2015)

Module 3: Research Methodology (7 January– 6 March 2015)
Required course (2)

PRRH 565 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.

PRRH 566 Social Research Methods
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.

Elective course (1)
PRRH 557 Seminar on Reproductive Health
Examines critically current issues in population, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS research in the context of developing countries.

Data Management for Quantitative Research (9 – 13 March 2015)

 

 

Other required and elective courses

Module 4: Monitoring and Evaluation* (16 March – 22 May 2015)
Required course (1)

PRRH 630 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.

GRID 521 Research Ethics (1 week @ Graduate Studies)

Elective courses (2)
PRRH 636 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.

PRRH 638 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.

PRRH 698 Thesis (I)

Third Semester / 2015 (25 May 7 Augusr 2015)

Module 5: Gender and Health ** (25 May – 17 July 2015)

PRRH 698 Thesis (II)
Continues the process of thesis writing, under close supervision of the thesis committee.

Elective courses (3)
PRRH 639 Global Health Policy
Understand the complexity of global health issues, global health landscape and governance structure, the mechanisms and processes for the development of global public health policies Focus on health issues that transcend national boundaries and are global in nature which need experience sharing and discussions among participants theoretical discussion, exposure to the current global health discussions and movements in practicality work on global health issues to understand multi-dimension of stakeholders’ involvement on global health which could lead to the global health agenda setting and policy formulation

PRRH 521 Gender Roles and Health Development**
Provides skills in designing and implementing gender-aware policies, including discussion of issues and techniques.

PRRH 558 Communication Bridging: Population and Health Research to Policymakers
Policy formation and improving the use of research finding for policymakers policy formation process and formulate research related to policy develop policy-level communication strategies, and action plans from research findings

NON-DEGREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
The Program provides an opportunity for selected participants to undertake short-term training in one or more of the following modules:

Module 1 : Population Studies (18 August – 10 October 2014)
- Substantive Demography
- Analytical Techniques in Demography
Tuition US$ 4,000

Module 2 : Reproductive Health and AIDS (13 October - 12 December 2014)
- Reproductive Health: Perspectives and Important Issues
- Behavioral and Social Dimensions of AIDS
Tuition US$ 4,000

Module 3: Research Methodology (7 January – 22 May 2015)
- Social Research Methodology
- Statistics for Social Analysis
Tuition US$ 4,000

Special module (25 May – 17 July 2015)
- Data Management for Quantitative Research
Tuition US$ 2,000

Module  4: Monitoring  and Evaluation   (16 March – 22 May 2015)
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and  Reproductive Health Programs
Tuition  US$ 2,000

Module 5: Gender & Health (25 May – 17 July 2015)
- Gender Roles and Health Development
Tuition US$ 2,000

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 31, 2015 The final selection of the most qualified applicants will be announced by July 1, 2015  The first semester begins on August 3, 2015.

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

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ACTIVITIES:

 

 

arrow 22 September 2012

Field Trip in Bangkok

     
 

arrow 22 June 2012

Mahidol University International Week

     
 

arrow 1 - 6 April 2012

Field Trip

     
 

arrow 4 Programmes Seminnar

27-28 January 2012

     
 

arrow 40th Aniversary Celebration & New Year Pary

25 December 2011

     
IPSR Alumni Party  

arrow Congratulations all new graduates
International Degree Program in Population and Reproductive Health Research

19 August 2011

     
 

arrow Opening & Orientation

  • International Master's Degree Program in Population and Reproductive Health Research, academic year 2011-2012
  • International Master's Degree Program in Population and Social Gerontology

8 September 2011

     
 

arrow Short Course Training

Academic Year 2011

     

CONTACT ADDRESS:

An application form can be downloaded from the website : www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th
Only application form may be submitted through email.

EMERITUS PROFESSOR DR. APHICHAT CHAMRATRITHIRONG
DIRECTOR
M.A. INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
INSTITUTE FOR POPULATION AND SOCIAL RESEARCH,
MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY, SALAYA, PHUTTHAMONTHON,
NAKHON PATHOM 73170 THAILAND
TEL:  (66-2) 441-0201-4  Ext. 621,  612
FAX: (66-2) 441-9333

E-mail: aphichat.cha@mahidol.ac.th, kanchana.tag@mahidol.ac.th
Website: www.ipsr.mahidol.ac
www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th - Revised: September 22, 2014
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