Women and Global Health

Subject POPH90066 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours over 4 days (6 hours per day)
Total Time Commitment:

120 Hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Cathy Vaughan


Centre for Women’s Health, Gender and Society
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 0687
Email: cmvaug@unimelb.edu.au


Academic Programs Office
Melbourne School of Population Health
Tel: +61 3 8344 9339
Fax: +61 3 8344 0824
Email: sph-gradinfo@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

Developing and newly-industrialised countries experience wide variation in terms of history, politics, demographic transition, development and epidemiology. This subject situates women and their health in a dynamic context of development, globalization and change. It examines key health issues, primarily for women in the Region, but also in other international contexts, and explores factors which impact on health and illness through the lifespan. Gender and rights provide frameworks for analysis.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the context of women and their health in an international context
  • Discuss key health issues for women in an international context
  • Develop a gender framework for a country-specific intervention

One in-class presentation of 20 mins (20%) held on the last teaching day; written paper of 1000 words (20%), due on the last teaching day; and one 3,000 word essay (60%) due at the end of semester.

Prescribed Texts:

Selected readings will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • critical appraisal of evidence well developed oral and written communication skills
  • well developed skills in searching bibliographic data bases and in synthesising evidence
  • an understanding analytic frameworks for addressing problems
  • planning skills
  • bility to frame and sustain an argument

Links to further information: http://www.sph.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender && Women&'s Health
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Global Health
Public Health
Sexual Health

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