Join our online women’s health course and explore the state of women’s healthcare today.

Learn to analyse, monitor, and improve healthcare for women around the world.

Study online with expert health researchers and clinical academics. You’ll investigate the factors affecting women’s health in low- and middle-income countries, including:

  • gender bias, women’s rights, equality and diversity
  • LGBTQ health and transgender issues around the globe
  • poverty, education, and the challenges for global women’s health
  • maternal and reproductive health (before, during and after pregnancy)
  • community, culture, and women’s mental health
  • women’s health in later life
  • governance and innovation in healthcare, including women’s digital health breakthroughs.

You’ll explore the differences in women’s health outcomes between developed and developing countries.

And you’ll find out how we can work to deliver quality women-centred healthcare for every woman, everywhere.

Who is this online women’s health course for?

You do not need to have a background in health or medicine to join us for this distance-learning course. It’s open to anyone with an interest in women’s health.

It’s of particular interest to GPs, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, or if you work in epidemiology, family planning, community healthcare, or the third sector.

You can study online with us anywhere, with no need for a study visa.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards any of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll study the many issues that affect women’s health globally. You’ll cover low-, middle- and high-income countries, but primarily focus on developing countries.

You’ll review and discuss the latest information, WHO recommendations and policies informing actions to improve women’s health outcomes, including:

  • the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  • the WHO’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health.

You’ll also look into the effects Covid-19 is having on women’s health in countries around the world.

Topics you’ll cover

You’ll cover the following areas across six course units:

Women’s rights, equality and diversity

  • Women’s human rights, including reproductive rights.
  • Gender differences and inequality in science, medicine and global health.
  • How the Covid-19 crisis is exacerbating gender inequality.
  • LGBTQ health issues and healthcare.
  • Transgender health, exploring issues in Africa, Thailand and around the world.

Challenges for global women’s health

  • Gender-based violence, including intimate partner violence, and reducing risk for women in war and refugee settings.
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM), types of FGM, and long-term health consequences.
  • Poverty, child marriage, and sex trafficking.
  • Education, and how we can finance growth in secondary schooling for girls in developing countries.
  • Socio-economic challenges, women in the workplace, cultural beliefs and traditional practices.
  • Nutrition, including women’s diet and the health of her children.

Maternal and reproductive health

  • Pre-pregnancy, fertility, adolescent girl’s health.
  • Global differences in fertility care and experiences of menstruation.
  • Maternal health in pregnancy, and how to tackle maternal and child mortality.
  • Post-natal health, including post-natal depression.

Community and women’s mental health

  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Family planning, access to contraception, and unsafe abortion.
  • Mental health, common mental health issues, treatment, and cultural influences.
  • Alcohol and recreational drug use.

Women’s health in later life

  • Ageing, old-age disability, and the effects of Covid-19 on older populations.
  • Global perspectives on menopause and post-reproductive health.
  • Burden of disease, with comparisons between high-, middle- and low-income countries.

Governance and innovation in women’s health care

  • Malignant conditions in women, including breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer.
  • Quality improvement in women’s health care, and setting priorities.
  • Role of modern technology in women’s health, exploring emerging trends in digital health, including fertility-tracking apps.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Recognise the impact of gender differences and inequality on women’s health around the world.
  • Describe different health problems affecting women during various stages of life.
  • Illustrate women’s barriers for seeking health care support within different socio-cultural environments.
  • Investigate issues relating to women’s health later in life.
  • Evaluate the actions needed to improve women’s health outcomes worldwide.

This course has strengthened my passion for women’s, maternal, and child health by educating me on the existing gaps. It’s positioned me for change in my workplace, my immediate community, and in society more broadly.

Kigbu Oghenegare Asheaba MD, Abjua, Nigeria

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning online women’s health course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at postgraduate level.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos and slideshows
  • online tutorials
  • quizzes
  • video interviews
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Online tutorials

You’ll have a one-hour tutorial session with your course coordinator every two weeks. Here you’ll revise what you’ve covered in the previous week’s study. Your tutorials give you a place to ask your tutor questions, and chat about any issues you might be having. They’ll be recorded if you cannot join them live, so you can study when it suits you.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from internationally experienced women’s health researchers and clinical academics from our Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS). NHS consultants, nurses and midwives from around the world also contribute to your course.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Build your learning

We have a range of online healthcare and medicine short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


If you’re keen to move into the women’s or global health field, this course is a step towards a career in these areas.

The course will broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills as a physician, nurse, midwife, allied health professional, or if you work in community healthcare, family planning, women’s groups or the third sector.

You’ll also meet like-minded people on the course and build your professional network.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Why study women’s health online with the University of Aberdeen?

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

Apply for this course

Start date
23 January 2023
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