Lack of gender equality and poverty exacerbate the health issues and needs of women as do political perspectives and cultural practices. As part of a global community, it is necessary to have awareness and understanding of the health related challenges of women everywhere.
Academic Courses Relevant to Global Women's Health
At health services, we support the health needs of international students on campus and address the health considerations for students traveling abroad.
We also participate in the academic offerings of Smith that address global women's health by offering two courses:
Women's Medical Issues IDP 208
This is a survey course of women's health defined broadly, which considers health disparities in the United States and globally. This course explores female circumcision, obstetric fistula and HIV/AIDS.
Seminar on Global Learning IDP320
This fall seminar covers women's health issues in India, including those of the Tibetan refugee community. Students spend J-term in India where students provide reproductive health education to young Tibetan women and explore aspects of the Indian health care system for women.