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Selected Topics in Women's Health and Women's Health Policy

1st term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Hannah Lantos

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Discusses major health concerns among women within a life course framework that integrates biological determinants of health and the social, cultural and economic contexts of women’s lives. Focuses on developed countries though issues in developing countries are introduced. Examines a spectrum of current health and policy concerns, and may include family planning, preventive services for women, chronic disease, migration, gender-based violence, mental health and disability. Also includes historical perspectives and a gender justice framework for viewing health policies.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess women's health and health concerns within the context of a life course framework which addresses the social, cultural and economic contexts in which women live
  2. Describe definitions of women's health in current use and evaluate the applicability of a gender justice framework for viewing women's health policies in developed and developing countries for selected health concerns
  3. Describe current health and policy concerns for selected topics such as family planning, preventive services for women, chronic disease, migration, mental health, gender-based violence, and disability
  4. Compare and contrast varying stakeholder’s perspective on current and critical issues pertaining to women’s health and health policy
Methods of Assessment:

4 assignments at 22-23% each: interpretation of women’s health data, application of gender justice framework to developing countries, challenges to implementing preventive medicine guidelines, and understanding stakeholders’ views of a controversial topic. Class participation (10%) as measured by use of course recorded lectures and attendance of or use of recorded live chats. This is an online course - the bulk of material is in the online lectures and thus participation includes listening to them.

Enrollment Restriction:

Students who take 380.667, Women's Health Policy may not take this course.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required