An Entryway into Research on Perinatal and Reproductive Health: HTHSCI 3NN3
By: Zara Hasan, BHSc (Honours), Class of 2023
Aside from courses pertaining to Anatomy and Physiology, there isn’t much opportunity in the BHSc program for students to examine perinatal health in the current curricula. Amongst the wide variety of courses offered, HTHSCI 3NN3: Inquiry in Reproductive and Perinatal Health exclusively allows students to freely build their scientific writing skills and disseminate their findings in topics related to perinatal and reproductive health. Students enrolled in the course are organized into groups for their semester projects, and have the flexibility to dive into any research areas that interest them related to the course. During this semester-long inquiry project course, students are required to complete four assessments which apply the IREC model to facilitate engagement and develop their projects.
This past semester, in an online learning format, six groups of students chose to explore a variety of areas including: elective C-sections, Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Postpartum depression among refugees in Canada, Kangaroo care, Chlamydia and pregnancy, and opioid use in pregnancy. With these projects and the course materials, students have been able to expand their knowledge of current perinatal and reproductive health research and the roles different health professionals play in the field. This new knowledge will play a role in shaping their future research and education by providing learners with a holistic view into perinatal health.
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