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.
Women’s Global Health Movements (01:988:407)
Professor Erin Evans
Health Consequences Of Global Trade In Food Commodities (01:988:412)
Professor Erin Evans
Gendered Professions & The Transnational Care Economy (01:988:414)
Professor Julia Wartenberg
Women’s Global Health Movements (01:988:407) – Professor Erin Evans
Global political and economic institutions and policies impact health globally. The course investigates how women’s non-governmental organizations have attempted to transform existing institutions and policies of global health governance such that people everywhere can lead healthier and more dignified lives.
Health Consequences Of Global Trade In Food Commodities (01:988:412) – Professor Erin Evans
Close to one billion people suffer from malnutrition and many more from food deprivation in the twenty-first century. As neoliberal trade policies have restructured national economies, new speculation in global commodities markets has limited access to food by the poor. This course investigates shifting modes of food production as local practices of subsistence agriculture have been replaced by export agriculture and global commodities markets. Students will compare the consequences of these changes for women as consumers in the global North as well as for women as producers of subsistence in the global South. It also analyzes the health effects of the creation of consumer markets for processed foods.
Gendered Professions & The Transnational Care Economy (01:988:414) – Professor Julia Wartenberg
Nursing lies at the heart of the “care economy.” Involving work that requires intensive physical labor, person-to-person communication, and spatial proximity, the intimate nature of care work resists mechanization. In contrast to the production of commodities, the highly personalized labor of care is driven by human need rather than profit maximization. In nursing, skill entails the effective exercise of professional judgment. Focused on the cultivation and preservation of human capacities, this professional labor resists routinization and automation. The course explores recent efforts to heighten the profit-making potential of the care economy, and it considers the long-term implications of efforts to deskill and outsource care work.
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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.”