The fifteen credit Certificate Program in Women’s Global Health Leadership (WGHL) offers a concentration of courses that examine the social, economic, political and environmental forces that are contributing to worsening health and precarious existence in all regions of the world.
The WGHL Courses investigate the relationship between macroeconomic restructuring and neoliberal policies and the delivery of health care in the Global North and South. Particular attention is given to health disparities among different groups of women within and across nations, such as the concentration of infant and maternal mortality among low-income peoples, and growing rates of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria within communities of color.
Individual courses consider the effects of national debt, transnational trade agreements, export agriculture programs, structural adjustment policies, and environmental depletion on nutrition and health. They also consider the costs and consequences of women’s health problems, ranging from direct costs of care to the social and economic consequences for women, their families and communities.
In addition, the WGHL Courses provide an overview of women’s transnational health activism, feminist conceptions of bodily integrity and sexual autonomy as central to health, and the mobilization of social and economic rights discourses as mechanisms to address health challenges in the 21st century.