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ARCADE Open Online Course on Gender Women and Health

This course is supported under ARCADE project


Gender is one of the important set of dimensions along which every society is organised and almost often stratified. The way gender relations get configured in a society frequently shapes the prominent contours of disparities in health and access to health care. Gender based disparities get mediated and intersected by economic, cultural and other dimensions of disparities thereby resulting in a range of specific localised forms of disparities of varying severity. Gender relations being a pervasive aspect of social organisation, it conjures multiple dimensions including culture, economy, law, and power etc., to work against the interest of women. Thus, in assuming a gender perspective, health of women gets ensconced within a labyrinth of complex issues. This course aims to look at the issues around women’s health from a gender perspective, looking at them in relationship with other dimensions including health systems, policy and program environment, demographic structures and surveillance of medical science on female body.

Aims & Objectives

Upon completing this course “Gender, Women and Health” a participant will gain the following knowledge and skills

  • Learn basic concepts and theories around gender and women’s health
  • Learn about extent of gender based differentials existing in various dimensions of health
  • Learn about underlying processes across different spheres that shape and sustain gender based inequity in health status, access to health care and the hierarchy within the health care sector
  • To develop skills to review and critically appraise research outputs, programs and national / international policies from a gender perspective
  • To appreciate the values behind a gender based analysis of health policies, health programs and health systems

Course Design and Duration

The course is designed for a period of two months through E-learning using computer based online program.

Eligibility Criteria

Though the course does not require a formal training in social sciences and health a prior understanding of basic social science concepts such as social norms, values, social inequality, power, ideology etc., as well as knowledge on health issues of women will be of help to participants who enroll in this course. The course may be opened to participants having any graduate degree preferably in any social sciences, social work, medical, para-medical, or humanities disciplines.

Course Content

The course comprises of three modules with 8 lectures on different aspects relating to gender and health. The modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to gender in society, development, and work
  • Gender differentials and concerns in relation to health
  • Integrating gender into health policies and programmes

Teaching and Training Methodology

The module will be delivered as :

  • Recorded lectures with power point presentation and voice
  • E-text book
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  • Starts: 01 Dec, 2016
  • Duration: 2 Months
  • Brochure: Download
  • Program Fee: Indian: 0 INR , South Asian Candidates : SAARC states "Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka".

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    0 USD , Other International Candidates: 0 USD