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Training in Research in Reproductive Health/Sexual Health

Changing perspectives in sexual health research

Sarah Hawkes

Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major historical developments in sexual health research
  • Critically appraise sexual health research papers from two distinct eras
  • Begin to define a conceptual framework for sexual health research


The session will be extremely interactive, and based on learning through presenting the students’ own interpretations and understanding of research papers. The session will be organised in 3 parts:

  • The historical development of the sexual health paradigm will be reviewed in brief
  • Students will be asked to present the major concepts and components of two important papers in sexual health research; similarities and differences in the two papers will be explored. This will form the major part of the session.
  • A conceptual framework for sexual health will be presented and its relevance to research will be discussed

Suggested reading materials prior to the Session