Gender and Health

Subject POPH90199 (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:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hrs: One 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





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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 Alison Barr


Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


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Future Students:

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce sex/gender as a social construct. We will take a historical perspective to explore the women’s health and men’s health movements. We will compare and contrast the health of men and women and critically analyse the explanations that have been offered for both the differences and similarities. Case studies will be used to illustrate the contemporary ways in which practices of health care are gendered and the consequences for health (e.g. psychiatry, HRT use, cancer, heart disease and medical consultations). We will also analyse the ways in which public health programs are gendered and the consequences for health (e.g. screening programs, tobacco cessation etc). Finally, we will analyse the health consequences of gender relations in day-to-day life (e.g. in employment, housing, family).

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand the social construction of sex/gender
  • Use a historical perspective to understand the ways that gender and health are related
  • Apply the theories of gender to health problems
  • Apply the theories of gender to health promotion and public and social policy
  • One class presentation of 20 mins (equivalent of 1000 words) during semester (20%)
  • One essay due mid-semester, 1000 words (20%)
  • One essay due end of semester, 3000 words (60%)
Prescribed Texts:

Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject a student should have:

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Advanced skills in cross-disciplinary analysis
  • Advanced skills in reading critically within and across a range of academic disciplines
  • Advanced skills in critical analysis of academic theories.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Public Health
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender and Women's Health
Health Social Sciences
Sexual Health

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