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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


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.


Dec 30, 2017

Very interesting course. I am not a healt worker, but I work in development aid on youth issues and it was very useful as inspiration for project designing.

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By Shaonli C

Aug 14, 2017

Excellent course to learn and understand universal and global health care lessons to confront GBV

By Nicole A H

May 26, 2020

Very good professors and curricula, demonstrating the high standard of John Hopkins University.

By Aung S T

Apr 10, 2020

Very interesting course and topics discuss in this course are wide range to cover GBV issues.

By Ma.C. V P C

Aug 09, 2016

I loved to attend this course! Congratulations to all the people who made it possible.


Nov 22, 2018

Un curso muy útil en un lataforma de fácil navegación. Excelente. Muy recomendado.

By Mmaja M

Sep 28, 2020

I learnt a lot from this course. I would recommend to anyone working with GBV


Nov 08, 2016

Very interesting course if upgraded will love to be notified for furthering.

By Alexandra D

Jul 13, 2020

I have learned so much! It's incredibly well done and well explained!


Jul 20, 2020

A very comprehensive course. Also, the material shared is so useful.

By Grace Y A

Aug 04, 2016

Great information! I highly recommend this course.

By Antonate M M

Jun 08, 2020


By sukumar

Aug 14, 2019

wow nice course thank you.

By Nashia A

Jun 30, 2020

Very informative course

By Sophia A

Dec 02, 2018

Very in-depth teaching!

By Paledi P M

Sep 15, 2020

Very insightfull.

By Waithira W

May 23, 2020

Very informative

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By Nicole

Feb 28, 2019

This course was very informative but honestly, it wasn't well done. We never see people/interviews, only primitive powerpoint. Most of what was said was written on the slides, so while it's good for references later, it doesn't stick with you if you weren't actively working in the field. Needless to say, it was very helpful and will get back to it in the future.

By Maria C R

May 25, 2020

This course offers relevant knowledge and is accessible to people with no previous training in the specific area of GBV in the health-care environment.

Extensive bibliography recommended, very useful!

A combination of videos and direct speeches with the slides, would make it more attractive!

By Cyn d J

Oct 30, 2016

I liked this course, but sometimes the presentations was boring because show only letters and no images or graphics. But in general I liked very much the content. I think, that this course is very interesting and proffesional. I learned many new frames about GBV.

By Sheila H

Sep 23, 2020

I enjoyed the course very much. Most informative. Found best practice sharing helpful. Only thing I did not enjoy was getting locked out of my tests & assignments. Thank you very much.

By gerald w

Oct 29, 2016

Excellent course, speaks not only to health professional looking to investigate introductory concepts related to GBV and VAW, but for policy professionals as well

By Evdoxia K

Sep 19, 2018

If the quality of the sound was better, this course would have been the best learning experience I ever had.

By Tseko C M M

Sep 28, 2020

Very informative but confirms and expands current knowledge on GBV and interventions.