Brief description.

This module focuses on gender relations and norms, and resulting behaviours, which affect physical and mental health and bodily integrity.  The module will explore how gender differences and inequalities result in unequal health status and access to health care. Topics addressed are gender-based violence (GBV) within the framework of human rights and how unequal power relations contribute to GBV and the resulting physical, mental and economic consequences. A variety of strategies to address health challenges will be introduced and discussed including examples of community mobilisation interventions.

Learning outcomes.                                                                                                                    

On successful completion of this module fellows will:

  • Understand the link between gender, health and well-being and ill-health.
  • Understand why health interventions and campaigns need to address gender and target communities‘ needs and worldview.
  • Understand a human rights-based and gender-responsive approach to policies and programmes for health, in particular mental, sexual and reproductive health.
  • Understand the gendered aspects of violence and be familiar with its different manifestations.
  • Be familiar with the risk factors and consequences of gender-based violence and the different strategies to address gender-based violence.
  • Utilise a range of participatory learning frameworks (PLA) for the purposes of gathering information on social contexts and determinants of mental health for service planning. 

Topics include:

Sexual and reproductive health and rights, including maternal & newborn health, contraception and fertility, sexually transmitted Infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS; mental health; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); community mobilisation for health promotion; gender-based violence; human rights-based approach to health.

Teaching and learning methods. 

Lectures, self-study, group-work in class, student presentations, written assignment and field visits. 


Presentation (1x10 mins)  (10 April) + written assignment (policy brief).