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About the Course

This course introduces participants from the healthcare sector to gender based violence (GBV), including global epidemiology of GBV; health outcomes; seminal research; and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support, and management. A core curriculum is supplemented by lectures that contextualize the content with specific examples and programs from around the world. The core curriculum introduces learners to a global perspective on gender based violence (GBV), and includes a review with Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno of the new WHO guidelines on responding to violence. Students who wish to receive Honors Recognition will complete the honors module, which expands on the core material and highlights special circumstances and programs. This is an in-depth course with 2 components: 1) Core curriculum introduces GBV from a global perspective, with an emphasis on ensuring a strong health sector response to GBV and teaching key competencies for social workers, physicians, nurses, midwives, community health workers, counselors, and other healthcare workers. Completion of the core content is required for students to pass the course. 2) Honors curriculum offered by experts from around the world helps students dive deeper into certain issues, and touches on unique populations and specialized topics. Completion of Honors curriculum is required for those students who wish to receive a Certificate of Accomplishment with Honors. After taking the course, students will be able to: ● Describe the global epidemiology of leading forms of GBV and the evidence linking GBV to poor health. ● Articulate the challenges, strategies, and WHO guidelines for integrating GBV response within the health sector. ● Describe the components of a comprehensive clinical assessment, treatment, and management of a GBV survivor. ● Describe the appropriate psychosocial support and management of a GBV survivor. Module 1 – Introduction to GBV- Epidemiology and Health Impact GBV comes in a variety of forms, each with health consequences for the survivor. An understanding of these issues helps inform a comprehensive and multi-sectorial response for preventing and responding to GBV. Module 2 – Health Care Response, Screening, and Psychosocial Support Recognition of health impacts of GBV has led to calls to address GBV within the health sector. Support for GBV survivors extends beyond clinical exam and assessment. Safety planning, harm reduction, and access to psychosocial support must be ensured. Module 3 – Clinical Care for GBV Survivors Caring for GBV survivors requires compassionate, confidential, and nondiscriminatory clinical assessment. Competent medical and forensic examination, along with appropriate documentation, is essential. Honors Module – In-Depth Information and Special Topics This module provides additional materials for those who wish to explore specialized topics and gain a more advanced grasp of the complexities of addressing gender-based violence. Core course topics are expanded upon, and special populations and programs are highlighted. Special topics include violence in humanitarian settings, against adolescents and sex workers, and human trafficking. Further information is provided on epidemiology, policy, and ethical guidelines, as well as the use of mHealth in GBV screening and care. We’ll cover the unique challenges of GBV research, and explore programs that encourage men and boys to be engaged in the prevention of violence against women. Acknowledgments This course is a project of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the following collaborators: ● Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT) ● International Center for Research on Women's (ICRW) Asia Regional Office ● Center on Gender Equity and Health at University of California, San Diego ● Division of Global Public Health at University of California, San Diego ● World Health Organization ● RTI International ● Swayam ● Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Public Health and Human Rights ● Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health ● Johns Hopkins School of Nursing This course is made possible through the generosity of the Ujala Foundation, the Vijay & Marie Goradia Charitable Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation....

Top reviews


May 21, 2021

More capacity building on courses of this nature will go a long way in helping majorly the service providers to offer quality and appropriate service to the survivors of Gender based violence.


Dec 9, 2021

Excellent presentation with good case studies from both developed and developing countries. The forum discussion enabled me to learn from others. The reading resources were also excellent

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By Rebecca B

May 31, 2020

Very much enjoyed this insightful course, which both provides a broad overview of GBV in different contexts and also gives some very useful indications on the role healthcare providers can play to both prevent and respond to this issue. I particularly enjoyed the examples from the field, as they gave practical evidence of what is needed and what can be achieved. The tests were difficult enough to keep one stimulated, but not overtly complicated. Overall a good experience.

By Tribe D D (

Apr 8, 2020

This is a great course to introduce the complex issues around gender based violence. While it says it is for healthcare workers, I think it can easily address a broader audience of other practitioners outside of healthcare who may have activities around the issue. Excellent instruction, valuable information. This was a great course.

By Lisa N H

Aug 21, 2017

It's easy to understand and very practical. References are very relevant with what I have been working for. Thank you!

By Chioma O

Oct 13, 2019

nice and really enlightening

By Genevieve T

Jan 17, 2021

Great course that covers a wide range of GBV issues, challenges, and potential programs needed to improve health outcomes for survivors of GBV! I loved how the presentations had interactive quiz questions that kept you focused. The quizzes after each presentation were great for consolidating what you just learned. The assignments were meaningful and I liked the peer-grading system so that you can read what others have responded. I also appreciate all the evidence-based material that accompanies each topic. Very professional course that has helped to be a better public health practitioner when addressing issues of GBV in my work!

By Aurora G D

Aug 3, 2017

It's a complete and useful course about Gender Based Violence centered in the health context, with many exhaustive examples from India and Africa, good references and a serious well didactic planning. The exercised are well designed for maximize the learning process and evaluate it. The graded peer review is quite demanding, but finally I was grateful to learn from other students.

This course has give me a boost in my professional career, now I feel more confident to work with GBV, and I detect the gaps in my formation and know how to fill it.

By Modupe A

Feb 6, 2021

Excellent didactic with short tests after each section to help retain memory and under stand content better.

Very well taught with real life examples which further improved retention and understand for adult learners!

Thank you so much as I really appreciate all your hard work to making the course appear easy though it really isnt and for all those abused that this program will help us to help.

Merci beaucoup! Muchas Gracias! Thank you very much, Modupe

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By Zahid K

Jun 23, 2017

Exposure to GBV with best practices in the light of global lessons really makes you realize the critical & complicated nature of the problem, adverse affects on women, men and children and urgent need for our collective actions - both as health care professionals as well as human beings. Hats off to the team of Johns Hopkins and Coursera for putting together such a meaningful course. Thank you for your services Madam & Sirs!!! GOD may bless you more...

By Lorraine G

Dec 26, 2020

Great course with multiple speakers covering health sector responses in detail. The many assignments to get the Honors certificates are great learning opportunities without demanding extra from the normal student. The perspective is somewhat one dimensional. A comprehensive health sector response needs to explore bi-directional violence, addictions to violence, situational factors and men as victims.

By Carmen M M

Jul 11, 2018

A great course providing valuable international resources and examples of key concepts and measures for confronting gender based violence irrespective of ones specialization in development work. The lectures were well prepared and included good PP's and further references which enable one to extend learning.

By Sarojani L

Sep 9, 2020

One of the best Coursera courses ever. Excellent teaching, pertinent reading materials, in-depth coverage of the topics. I loved the opportunity to go even further into the topic by completing the material for Honors. It is a bit dated, but the foundations of the topics remain intact. Superb course.

By Pamela M

Sep 19, 2020

Wow! I have learnt a lot of things in this course that I was taking for granted. It has provided me with research that I could not have been exposed to if it was not for it. The material will come handy in the months to come as we also prepare for 16 days of activism against GBV.

By Slaze

Jun 21, 2022

The course itself was not that hard. It was easy to comprehend and took only a couple days to complete. Completing the course can take some time because of the graded assignments, but if you're willing to wait 3-5 days, you can complete the course within a little over a week.

By Pau S

Aug 23, 2019

Loved it!!!! This course helped me to get another (global) perspective about GBV and also GBV in my city...sad data, good research material for my research and I feel I've got new healthcare (humanistic) tools. Thank you so much for this great journey!!!!


Nov 20, 2016

I am a frontline physician working in Scotland. This course is certainly relevant to my daily clinical responsibilities. Excellent course. The topics covered all aspects of GBV and delivered with clarity. Does it change my clinical practice? Absolutely.

By Ranin d

Oct 30, 2020

It was very beneficial I enjoyed every bit of the lectures and I really connected to this course and as a GBV survivor I can say that the course really covered important points that victims and survivors require.

By Peter K

Nov 5, 2020

The contact was well articulated and simple to understand. It was also well targeted. This course in my view goes a long way in capacity building health care workers' knowledge and skills in confronting GBV

By Dare I

May 22, 2021

More capacity building on courses of this nature will go a long way in helping majorly the service providers to offer quality and appropriate service to the survivors of Gender based violence.

By Scarlett H

Mar 18, 2020

Insightful and comprehensive - even for people with prior understanding of GBV, this course is a fantastic way of refreshing the memory and keeping up with new findings.

By Kariuki M

Sep 10, 2019

This course was very well tailored for health care professional. Particularly how different projects present their best practices through out the course .

By Fentahun G M

Feb 24, 2022

The course is extermely Useful. I advice others also to enroll themselves in this course. Thank You Very Much.

By Godwin M

Aug 1, 2022

detailed although needs an update

By Hananeh S B

Jun 13, 2022

very comprehensive!

By Onaikhe M B

Jun 23, 2019

Highly educative

By Elizabeth A

May 29, 2022

lessons are