Core Courses

WGH211 [Fall 1] Gender and Health: Introductory Perspectives

Dr. Stacey Missmer

2.5 credits

This course will introduce students to gender as a theoretical concept and a category of analysis in public health-that is, the way gender has contributed to differentially structuring women and men’s experiences of health. The course aims to answer such questions as: How has gender influenced the construction of public health in diverse societies? How do our social frameworks and structures, such as gender, affect people’s experiences and expectations of health?

This course is designed for students who wish to enhance their understanding of, and skills to address, the social and cultural factors that have influenced the development of individual’s and societal health. The interfaces among gender, class, race/ethnicity and sexuality will also be emphasized.

The course will cover a broad range of health issues for which gender has been of special importance. Topics to be covered include: reproductive health, sexual health and sexuality; violence; occupational health and work; chronic and communicable disease. Issues relating to the distribution of health, disease and well-being, including policy, will be addressed across sessions. Additionally, sessions will include international, domestic, and historical perspectives, with attention paid to both epidemiologic research and policy dimensions.

WGH210 [Fall 2] Women, Gender, and Health: Issues in Mental Health Perspectives

Dr. B. Gottlieb

1.25 credits

This course explores issues relevant to mental illness, mental health from a gender perspective. Course themes include illness constructs, life cycle and transitions, collective and individual trauma, role and relationship and embodiment. Topics include eating disorders, pain, hormonally mediated mood disorders, and PTSD. Examples highlight US and international experience. Readings are multidisciplinary, including public health and medicine, social sciences, history and literature.

WGH304 [Fall 2] Issues in Mental Health: Independent Study

Dr. B. Gottlieb

1.25 Credits

This independent study course is offered to students who are enrolled in WGH210, Fall 2. The course will supplement the themes and topics of WGH210, including illness constructs, trauma, embodiment, pain and eating disorders, with a mentored field and service learning experience. Students will be required to provide 20 hours of service to one of several local sties selected for their relevance to course themes (for example, a shelter, a psychiatric in-patient unit, a school-based clinic), maintain a strutured portfolio of reflections and commentary based on field experiences and readings, and attend 2 mentoring sessions. Course activities: Field placement, preparation of final portfolio. Course note: Students MUST be concurrently enrolled in WGH210. Maximum enrollment 5 students. Pass/fail only.

WGH250 [Winter] Embodying Gender: Public Health, Biology, And The Body Public

Dr. N. Krieger

2.5 credits

NOTE: This course will run Wed, Jan 14th through Fri, Jan 23rd 2015.

This course will focus on constructions of gender and sex and their implications for understanding determinants of population health and creating healthy public policy. It will consider how different frameworks of addressing gender and biological sex shape questions asked and explanations and interventions offered for societal patterns of health, disease, and well-being. The course will demonstrate ways of conceptualizing gender in relation to biology and health using case examples pertaining to breast cancer, smoking, cumulative trauma disorders of hands and wrists, HIV/AIDS, violence, access to health services, sexual health, reproductive health, and population policy. In all these cases, issues of gender will be related to other social determinants of health, including social class, racism, and other forms of inequality. Implications of diverse approaches will be debated, as part of developing useful strategies for improving physical, mental, and social well-being of women and men.

WGH220 [Spring 1] Sexuality And Public Health

Dr. Bryn Austin

2.5 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the breadth of research and research methods in the study of sexuality and sexual health promotion in diverse contexts and populations. Students will develop skills needed to carry out epidemiologic research and community-based interventions related to sexual health promotion. Students will be introduced to ways to integrate conceptual models, methodologies, and perspectives from a variety of fields to inform a unique transdisciplinary, holistic approach to public health promotion of sexual health. Class session format includes lectures, discussions, case studies, individual and group presentations, and in-class writing assignments.

WGH207 [Spring 2] Advanced Topics in Women, Gender, and Health

Dr. Heather Corliss

1.25 credits

This interdepartmental, interdisciplinary seminar will offer the chance to analyze ways by which diverse constructs of gender influence public health research and practice. Using different examples each week, the core WGH faculty and students will focus on how gender contributes to classifying, surveying, understanding and intervening on population distributions of health, disease, and well-being. Discussion of these examples will draw on different disciplines, conceptual frameworks, and methodological approaches (both quantitative and qualitative). For example, traditional epidemiological and biostatistical methods, along with multilevel, ecosocial, and health and human rights frameworks will be applied, as appropriate, in the assessment of gender-based health related disorders. The format will include formal presentations and informal discussions.

WGH300 Independent Study

WGH Faculty

Time and credit to be arranged.

An opportunity for independent study is offered for interested and qualified students or small groups of students. Arrangements must be made with individual faculty members and are limited by the amount of faculty time available. These programs are open to all students who wish to go beyond the content of regular courses.

Course Note: May count up to 2.5 credits toward the Women’s Health and/or Gender Analysis component. If WGH300 is taken with a non-WGH faculty member, approval must be granted before the course is to begin.