Global WACh Courses


We prioritize multi-disciplinary approaches to solving complex health problems. In order to foster creative learning and collaboration, we have partnered with several schools at the University of Washington to create new courses, seminars and lecture series.

Courses, Seminars, & Lecture Series

Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health (SPRING | GH590A/490D)

The Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health course will engage students from diverse disciplines, including public health, demography, epidemiology, policy, sociology, and medicine, in topics on global reproductive health. The course will focus on family planning and population policy, including the following topics: male and female contraception, abortion policies, human rights, HIV/STIs, access to services, and cost-effectiveness of contraception. This landscape course is designed to give students an overview of global reproductive health, and encourage interdisciplinary learning through active participation in lectures and discussions. It will emphasize current issues, challenges, and strategies to improve reproductive health, with a focus on resource-limited settings. The course is designed for a broad range of students from all schools and departments who have an interest in global reproductive health.

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Legal and Policy Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (SPRING | GH590L&M, LAWB599D,E,L&J)

This course will utilize a case/problem-based discussion to define ways that law and policy intersect to impact health inequities for women, adolescents, and children (WACh), and to identify potential approaches to improve WACh health. The course will utilize comparative examples of both global and domestic issues. An optional small group discussion section will be offered immediately before the class which will involve student critiques of readings and further discussion with the seminar panelists.

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Adolescent Health in Low-Resource Settings (SPRING GH 590 B)

Highlights issues for adolescents in resource limited settings with an initial focus on what makes adolescents unique. Topic-based seminars, journal articles, and student-led discussions will include: adolescent development; physical and psychological trauma; illicit activities; ethics and the law; adolescent-focused research and programming; and the economy and public policy.

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Bioengineering Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (WINTER | GH490A/ GH590A)

This course is a seminar series that engages students in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments.

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Modules and Recordings

HIV/STIs in Women and Children (FALL | GH564, OBGYN590, EPI507)

Taught by Dr. Grace John-Stewart and Dr. Devika Singh in Spring Quarter of 2012. Globally, the plight of women and children with HIV/STIs requires targeted approaches that take into account issues pertaining to women and children and their vulnerability to HIV/STIs. The intersection of women’s health, maternal and child health, and HIV/STIs is the focus of the course; a discussion board engages students to consider topics such as disclosure, ethical challenges women and children face or adolescence prior to class meeting. Class-led discussion of relevant journal articles and lectures from experts in reproductive health, infectious diseases, adolescence and ethics facilitates learning.

In 2012, the course received a median course review score of 4.9 from the 18 students enrolled – comments included “the best class I ever took…best class ever…a lot of critical thinking involved…the class was amazing…one of my favorites in my academic career”.

Maternal Child Health in Developing Countries (WINTER | GH544)

Taught by Dr. Donna Denno and co-sponsored by Global WACh and Health Services. The course provides an understanding of the causes and functional effects of the MCH problems and is designed for students wanting to work in resource-poor settings.

University of Washington School of Public Health’s Dean Frumkin noted that the “reviews for this class were among the highest of all our courses.” Dr. Denno received commendation for her leadership “Your skill as a teacher, and your dedication to producing the next generation of public health leaders, are truly appreciated. Congratulations on an outstanding performance, and thanks!”

Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health – South Asia (GH590)

Taught by Dr. Deepa Rao in Spring Quarter of 2012. Co-sponsored by the Department of South Asia Studies and Global WACh, this course was designed for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students interested in pursuing work at the crossroads of Public Health and Social Science. This 1-credit course was a series of lectures on maternal, child, and reproductive health in South Asia. Presentations brought together Department of Global Health faculty, researchers from institutions inside and outside of the University of Washington, and visiting scholars with interdisciplinary, global perspectives and expertise with a focus on Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India.

Global Mental Health (GH590)

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Global WACh Leaders Lecture Series

Global WACh has offered lectures from leading figures in women, adolescent, and child health, including Dr. Leslie Mancuso, CEO of Jhpiego, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Founding Chair of the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, and Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi, Senior Research Officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute. If you are interested in participating or lecturing, please contact us.