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Essential Skills for Women's Leadership in Global Health

Winter Inst. term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 01/09/2023 - Fri 01/13/2023
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Katheryne Kalbarczyk

All graduate students and/or early career professionals concerned with supporting women leaders in global health and excited to develop solutions are welcome. Participants should have a Bachelor's degree.


Are you interested in exploring the unique challenges that women face as they explore leadership roles in global health? Do you want to build essential skills that will help you embrace opportunities and navigate complex situations? This course will help you prepare for your own leadership journey.

Provides a robust understanding of the barriers women face in leadership and guides the development of solutions and strategies for individuals and institutions moving forward. Enhances knowledge about women’s leadership in global health including barriers and models/frameworks that have been used to promote women in leadership. Distinguishes various leadership approaches and their implications in different cultural settings, highlighting diversity and intersectionality theories in particular. Builds essential skills including self-awareness, communication, and negotiation. Encourages a solutions-oriented mindset via the development of individual and institutional strategies. Utilizes case studies and discussion exercises that feature diverse organizational and societal contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify barriers faced by women in global health leadership
  2. Explain the value of essential skills (i.e. communication, negotiation, self-awareness) and how they can be applied to leadership globally
  3. Identify and employ culturally appropriate leadership approaches in global health organizations
  4. Apply concepts of leadership to their own career goals and objectives
  5. Develop solutions and strategies to overcome organizational barriers to women’s leadership in global health
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Discussion
  • 20% In-class Exercises
  • 20% Reflection
  • 40% Final Project

Instructor Consent:

No consent required