Online Microcredential in Healthcare & Medicine

Women’s Health In A Global Setting

Learn how to analyse, monitor, and improve healthcare for women around the world to become an advocate for women’s health.

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University of AberdeenUniversity of Aberdeen

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Explore vital health issues and inequalities affecting women globally

The World Health Organisation reports significant inequalities in health outcomes based on both biological and gender-related differences. Women’s health is a crucial priority for societies around the world.

On this online microcredential, you’ll start to build the knowledge you need to understand and advocate for women’s health globally. Focusing particularly on issues in developing countries, you’ll learn how we can work to deliver quality women-centred healthcare for every woman, everywhere.

As you explore issues as varied as gender bias, LGBTQ health, and digital health for women, you’ll build credits towards a MSc or MPH degree from the University of Aberdeen.

Understand UN and WHO policies on women’s health

You’ll start the programme by reviewing and discussing the latest information, recommendations, and policies informing actions to improve women’s health outcomes. These include the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health.

You’ll also look into the impact of Covid-19 on women’s health in countries around the world, and start thinking critically about how policies might be refined and improved.

Explore health inequalities and gender bias in healthcare around the world

Once you’ve understood the lay of the land in women’s health, you can start delving into some of the major difficulties women face in accessing quality healthcare. You’ll examine health inequalities and bias impacting women and the LGBTQ community, globally.

You’ll also review some wider concerns for women including gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage, sex trafficking and more. The programme will reveal where socio-economic challenges intersect with specifically health-related issues.

Take a closer look at mental health, reproductive health, and healthcare for women in later life 

After considering the broad sweep of issues women face in healthcare globally, you’ll home in on specific challenges within mental health, maternal and reproductive health, and healthcare for elderly women.

You’ll compare and contrast the healthcare provision that women and men receive in these core areas, and understand how women-centred healthcare varies in quality and scope around the world. You’ll also examine the statistics on women’s mental health around the world.

Discover new technologies and innovations in women’s health

In the final week of the course, you’ll begin looking to the future of women’s health. You’ll discover a wide range of technologies and innovations that are helping to transform health outcomes for women. 

You’ll be introduced to emerging trends in digital health, paying particular emphasis to the rising popularity of fertility-tracking apps.

With the expertise you gain over the course of the microcredential, you’ll be equipped to design and evaluate the next generation of policies and technologies to improve the health of women all around the world.

How will this microcredential help to develop my career?

This microcredential is designed to provide a deeper understanding of a relatively under-researched area of public health. With the expertise you gain throughout the programme, you’ll be well placed to access senior positions across the health sector, particularly in community healthcare, family planning, and midwifery, or in women’s groups or organisations in the third sector.

You’ll gain a certificate from a prestigious institution to demonstrate your credentials to future employees.

How will I be assessed?

As you progress through the programme, you’ll complete a range of online assessments, including:

* two short video presentations

* a written report relating to a case study

* a single best answer (SBA) assessment

* multiple-choice quizzes. 

Together, these assessments are designed to provide a balanced evaluation of your understanding of the programme content.

Will I receive university credits?

Yes, you’ll earn 15 Level 11 credits at postgraduate level from the University of Aberdeen. You can use these credits to build towards a Master’s degree in Applied Health Sciences (MSc), Cinical Nutrition (MSc), or Public Health (MPH) from the University of Aberdeen.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There are no formal entry requirements for this microcredential. Learners typically have: A minimum of a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree Relevant experience to support graduate level study We recommend that non-native English speakers have a minimum of a 6.5 IELTS score, or equivalent.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone with an interest in the diverse issues surrounding women’s health. You do not need a background in health or medicine to join this course.

It will be particularly valuable for GPs, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals; or anyone working in epidemiology, family planning, community healthcare, or the third sector.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course

    Women’s Health in a Global Setting

    Learn how to analyse, monitor, and improve healthcare for women around the world to become an advocate for women’s health.

    14 weeks

    15 hours per week

World-class learning with University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.


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