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International Perspectives On Women, Gender, and Health


4th term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Lori Heise
  • Neisha R Opper
  • Mridula A. Shankar
Lori Heise



Through interactive sessions with course instructors and expert guest lecturers, we will cover key issues like the development and evolution of gender as a social system, the role of norms in enforcing and reinforcing the gender system, and how gender interacts with sex, class, race, and other social determinants of health to impact health outcomes. Best practices in research methods and gender-transformative interventions will also be discussed.

Examines the ways by which the study of gender informs the study of health in the developing world with a focus on women's health issues. Explores the ways in which gender and sex help us to understand women's health and explain societal patterns of health, disease and well-being. Topics include both reproductive and nonreproductive health issues including mental health and physical health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate and apply an understanding of how gender as a social system and biological sex shape women’s health and well-being across the life-course
  2. Evaluate the distinction between health differences and health disparities as they apply among and between women, men and gender diverse individuals
  3. Identify through ethnographic observation and exploration of available evidence how settings and institutions can become “gendered” and how it affects lived experiences of women
  4. Apply an intersectional lens to understand how power, advantage, disadvantage, and gender norms create and maintain health disparities among communities of women and between women and men
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Assignments
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course will be held fully asynchronous online with no set meetings.