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Gender and Health: Foundational Theories and Applications

East Baltimore
1st term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Rosemary Morgan

Gender has been receiving increasing attention in the field of public and global health. Are you curious about how gender inequities contribute to health disparities for women, men, and gender minorities in the US and globally? Are you interested in learning theories, tools, and skills to promote gender equity in your chosen area of public health practice? Are you interested in applying an intersectional understanding in the study of gender and health, taking into consideration how additional social determinants, including social class and race, intertwine with gender to shape health inequities?

Provides a broad overview of the field of gender as applied to public health. Discusses the distinction between sex and gender and how they intertwine. Examines the effect of gender power relations on women's, men's, and gender minorities' health, including transgender and cisgender people. Prepares students to apply foundational theories in gender and health to a broad range of health topics. Presents strategies for incorporating gender analysis into health research and interventions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain and apply foundational theoretical frameworks related to gender and health
  2. Consider and critically evaluate the interrelationship between sex from gender and how these differ across varied global contexts
  3. Explain the role of gender in shaping health inequities and the importance of applying gender analysis to women's, men's, and gender minorities' health
  4. Apply an intersectional understanding in the study of gender and health, taking into consideration how additional social, political, and economic determinants of health, including social class and race, interact with gender to contribute to population health and health inequities. (LO10)
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Reflection
  • 50% Group Presentation
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for undergraduate students.

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Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

CEPH Competencies and Learning objectives covered by this course are: LO4, C6, C8,