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Women's Health

East Baltimore
3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Shannon Wood

Provides an overview of leading topics in women’s health with an emphasis on the US and other developed settings. Examines leading sources of morbidity and mortality through age-gender-race/ethnicity-disaggregated data. For each topic, we examine historical context, risk factors, prevention, and treatment. Considers health from biological, lifecourse, and social determinants perspectives, including via frameworks of women’s health disparities and intersectionality that address inequities in interpersonal, social, political and economic power. Major topics include: non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer), immunology, infectious disease, preventive health, aging, mental health, and violence.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the health status of women in the United States and other developed countries, including epidemiology of leading health issues
  2. Describe and apply frameworks of lifecourse, women’s health disparities and intersectionality to women’s health and leading sources of morbidity and mortality
  3. Evaluate and synthesize the literature related to controversial topics in women's health
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 35% Position paper outline and write-up
  • 20% Group debate
  • 15% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required