Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Stanford University

International Women's Health & Human Rights

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx

This course may be unavailable.


This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.

We focus on critical issues, namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues include: being born female and discrimination; poverty; unequal access to education, food, paid work and health care; and various forms of violence. Topics discussed include son preference, education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, violence in the home and in war and refugee circumstances, women's work, sex trafficking, and aging.

Our MOOC will have a special focus on creating an international network of engaged students. We will ask students to take part in interactive discussions and cooperative exercises and to share their own experiences. We also ask students to engage with the communities they live in, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and tie academic ideas to real-life circumstances.

To find out more details about this course and its principles, please visit our Project Page

Taught by

Anne Firth Murray



4.8 rating, based on 4 reviews

Start your review of International Women's Health & Human Rights

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Describing a long-term community-based action research project on improving health conditions for displaced persons in Rwanda and South Sudan, this practice note discusses human rights as a framework for improving people’s health. In the course of researching...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

  • Isma Hassaine Poirier

    Isma Hassaine Poirier completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

  • Colleen DiNicola

    Colleen DiNicola completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.