Massive, open online course on abortion

The UCSF Bixby Center's Innovating Education in Reproductive Health program is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the first ever online course about abortion. Abortion is a common experience for women around the world, yet is often excluded from the curricula of health professionals. The free six-week course, Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications, is hosted by Coursera, an education platform for massive, open, online courses (MOOCs). It will address abortion care from both clinical and social perspectives.

Dr. Jody Steinauer, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, will facilitate the course, which features over twenty faculty from multiple disciplines. The class will address abortion in the U.S. and around the world, framing the issue in a public health context. The aim of the course is to fill in the gaps left by the exclusion of abortion from mainstream curricula.

The course will run from October 13 through November 24, 2014. This course is geared toward clinicians, health care workers, and students. However, there are no prerequisites, and anyone is welcome to take the course. To enroll, go to