The Certificate Program in Women’s Global Health Leadership is an innovative online project developed by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in collaboration with the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) and National Nurses United (NNU), the largest nurses union in the United States.
This certificate program capitalizes on the expertise of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty in science and health studies, and the commitment of the Institute for Women's Leadership Consortium to foster women’s leadership in all aspects of human endeavor, to provide a series of courses that addresses some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda.
The certificate program also draws on the expertise of National Nurses United, which has been at the forefront in championing a comprehensive approach to women’s health and preparing nurses in the United States to serve the health needs of women, families, and communities in all regions of the world.
Impacts of Economic Inequality on Women’s Health (01:988:408)
Professor Erin Evans
The Growth Imperative, Global Ecology, and Women’s Health (01:988:409)
Professor Julia Wartenberg
Debt, Crisis, and Women’s Health (01:988:410)
Professor Julia Wartenberg
Impacts of Economic Inequality on Women’s Health (01:988:408) – Professor Erin Evans
Domestic and global economic inequality place significant numbers of people at high risk for health crises even as they are denied access to care. This course investigates the “pathogenic” aspects of gender and economic inequality; how systems of unequal resource distribution contribute to wide disparities of health risk, access to healthcare, and clinical outcomes; and how global trade and transnational migration affect health costs, healthcare delivery systems, and the availability of healthcare professionals.
The Growth Imperative, Global Ecology, and Women’s Health (01:988:409) – Professor Julia Wartenberg
In the last quarter century, the premise of the possibility of endless growth for the purpose of unlimited capital accumulation has met the inevitable challenges of resource exhaustion on a global scale and its human consequences. Markets and technological innovation are inadequate to solve the resulting environmental crises. This course examines the externalized business costs paid in the currency of human health and health consequences such as illness caused by toxic industrial byproducts, injury from resource extraction processes such as nuclear fission and deep-water oil drilling, manifold health hazards of violent conflict over control of scarce resources in postcolonial states, and dangers that attend climate change.
Debt, Crisis, and Women’s Health (01:988:410) – Professor Julia Wartenberg
Growing national debt has become a feature of increasing numbers of nations over the past 60 years, heightening dependence on international financial institutions, restricting the sphere of freedom of national policy makers and, consequently, severely cutting healthcare provisions. This course unsettles the conventional moral calculus of credit and debt, exploring the relationship between debt and economic crisis and examining the impacts of austerity policies on women’s health.
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Patrice A. Williams
Rutgers Alum & WGHL Certification – 2017
“I learned of the WGHL certificate by happenstance through a flyer. After looking into the program, I realized that I wanted to pursue the certificate in place of pursuing a certificate through the public health program. I felt like it would provide more of a holistic understanding of health, policy, economies etc. And I was right!I loved these classes so much that out of the 7 required, I completed 8! These courses were some of the best I’ve taken- and the courses where I have been able to synthesize all my other coursework and learn the most. Connecting with so many different minds from across the US and internationally, figuring out how to collaborate virtually and produce meaningful projects like debt resistance manuals, analyses of UN policies and histories of sweet potato food production was challenging but so extremely rewarding. The quality of the courses made me stay and crave more and more. I felt like I was learning and retaining knowledge in ways that I had not experienced before.”