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Gender Equity and Intersectionality in Health Policy and Systems

16 weeks
All levels
69 lessons
0 quizzes
45 students

Overview of the online course

If you are a student, researcher or practitioner interested in health policy and systems; if social inequalities in health concern you, this online course is right up your street.

The course aims to advance your understanding of the workings of gender and its intersections with other sources of power in health systems and policy. It clarifies basic concepts while providing the more advanced learner with fresh insights, up-to-date material and analytical frameworks.

Over nine modules, a learner is taken on a quick tour of the evolution of global health systems, core gender and intersectionality concepts, and an analytical framework that links gender and intersecting social inequalities with health policy and systems.

Our approach to teaching and learning is inductive. Case-based learning is supported by informative PowerPoint presentations with voiceovers, embedded videos and podcasts, as well as reading resources. The case studies illustrate the specific ways in which gender and intersectionality shape how the health system building blocks work from the perspective of migrants, persecuted minorities and refugees, adolescent girls and women. Self-assessed assignments intend to reinforce and deepen your understanding of key concepts and frameworks.

This is an unmentored course. You can learn at your own pace by devoting approximately 4 hours per week over a maximum of 10 weeks. Here is our suggestion for how you can pace your self-study.

Weeks Self-study schedule
1Module 1 (Evolution of global health systems) – Modules 1.1 and 1.2
2Module 1 (Evolution of global health systems) – Modules 1.3 and 1.4
3Module 2 (Gender analysis in health systems) – Modules 2.1 and 2.2
4Module 3 (Overseas Filipino workers: Precarious lives, elusive health services
5Module 4 (Maternal mortality despite socioeconomic privileges: Why gender power and health services matter)
6Module 5 (Intersectionality in health systems – Modules 5.1 and 5.2
7Module 6 (Gender and intersectionality in health policy and systems)
8Module 7 (Gender and intersectionality in health policy and systems: The Covid-19 pandemic)
9Module 8 (How health system building blocks work: A case of respectful maternity care)
10Module 9 (Health system concerns in conflict settings: Case of the Rohingya)

The course is developed by a team of academics at the Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Foundation of India with funding from WHO’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Geneva. It is being piloted in partnership with United Nations University – International Institute of Global Health, Malaysia.