Minor in Women's Health Issues

The 21 unit Minor in Women's Health Issues is a natural complement to a variety of majors such as nursing, health education, counseling, psychology, urban studies, or other human service careers. The program offers three areas of focus:

  1. theory about women’s social roles and status implications for women’s health;
  2. organizing and managing health services, health education, and health delivery systems;
  3. politics, policy analysis, and strategies for changing women’s health policies.

Students take a core course in each of these areas, then choose three electives which may be concentrated within one area or drawn from several areas, and then complete a culminating research project or internship. The choice of electives and final research project or internship is chosen in consultation with an advisor to meet the needs and interests of the individual student. Electives from related fields will be considered on advisement as related to student's needs and interests. Advisor approval is required for courses not listed below.

Women's Health Issues Minor — Minimum 21 units

All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Core Courses (9 units)

Social Determinants

WGS 200Introduction to Women and Gender Studies3

Health Services and Education

PH 414Women's Health - Problems and Issues3

Politics and Policy

USP/LABR/PLSI 570Urban Health Policy3

Electives (9–12 units)

Select three courses from one or more of the areas of focus in consultation with an advisor:

Social Determinants

AFRS 370Health, Medicine, and Nutrition in the Black Community3
NUTR 453Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
PH 210Personal and Social Determinants of Health3
SOC 469Gender and Society4
SOC 476Medical Sociology3
WGS 300GWGender, Race, and Nation - GWAR3
WGS 578Women, Globalization, and Ecology3
WGS 593Gender, Health, and the Environment3

Health Services and Health Education

PH 410Organization and Function of Health Services3
PH 430Community Health Education Theory3
PH 431Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation3
PH 520Structural Oppression and Social Foundations of Health3
SOC 476Medical Sociology3

Politics and Policy

LTNS 210Latina/Latino Health Care Perspectives3
PH 450Policy Issues in Health Education3
PLSI/USP 480Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis4
S W/USP 456Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action3
USP 565Social Policy and Family Systems4
WGS 611Theories of Female Sexuality3

Final Integrative Project/Internship (3-6 units)

One of the following (3–6 units) in consultation with the advisor:

PH 480Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar9
PH 699Independent Study1-3
USP 686Field Work in Urban Studies1-4
WGS 698Feminist Praxis and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex3