Selected Topics in Women's Health and Women's Health Policy
- 1st term
- Population, Family and Reproductive Health
- 4 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
- Instruction Method:
- Auditors Allowed:
- Yes, with instructor consent
- Undergrads Allowed:
- Grading Restriction:
- Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
- Course Instructor:
- Erin Pearson
- Erin Pearson
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Compare and contrast varying stakeholder’s perspective on current and critical issues pertaining to women’s health and health policy
- Methods of Assessment:
Three graded writing assignments (63%), comments based on lecture and LiveTalk readings posted on the Discussion Forum (18%), brief quizzes based on lecture readings (14%), and participation by listening to lectures and attending LiveTalks (5%).
- Enrollment Restriction:
Students who take 380.667, Women's Health Policy may not take this course.
- Instructor Consent:
Consent required for some students
- Consent Note:
Instructor consent required after first week of class.
- For consent, contact:
- Special Comments:
The total points in this course add up to 100. There are 3 written assignments - one on statistics, one on gender justice, and a third blog post. Each of these assignments is worth 21 points. Second, there are quizzes on many of the readings. As long as you TAKE the quiz you will get full credit. These are each worth 1 point for a total of 14. Third, the TA and I ask that you put comments on the discussion board at least 24 hours before the livetalk. These comments are worth 3 points each for a total of 9 points. Fourth, we ask that you post either a response to the reading or a response to other people’s comments on the discussion board at least three times throughout the course. This can be something you found interesting in the readings or something you found interesting in someone else’s comments. These are also each worth 3 points for a total of 9 points. Finally, participation (based on listening to the lectures and attending livetalks) is worth 5 points.