Women and Global Health

Subject POPH90066 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 09-Sep-2016 to 14-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 21-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Sep-2016
Census Date 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 07-Oct-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 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.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website.


Dr Cathy Vaughan



Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


Currently enrolled students:

Future Students:

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, globalisation and change. It examines key health issues, primarily for women in the Asian and Pacific Regions, but also in other international contexts, and explores factors that impact on health and illness throughout the lifespan. Gender, rights and ‘empowerment’ provide frameworks for analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • describe the most important health issues for women globally
  • discuss how social determinants of health in a local context interact with global structures and transitions to shape women’s health
  • use a gender analysis framework to analyse a country-specific intervention developed in response to a particular health issue
  • One Group (in-class) presentation (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 in the first week of the the University's Examination period.
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.mspgh.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development
Environment and Public Health
Gender and Women's Health
Global Health
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Gender Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Gender Studies
PC-ARTS Gender Studies
PD-ARTS Gender Studies
Public Health
Sexual Health
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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