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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....

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This is an amazing course. I have learnt so much and i'm very happy I took this course. I believe it will be instrumental to my work with survivors of GBV.


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This is the best course I've ever taken. I'm glad. I really want to use my ICT knowledge to change the reporting of GBV.

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By Matilde F G

Oct 15, 2017

Hi! I have enjoyed the content of the course quite a lot, as well as its format. However, the fact that the videos only show the presentation slides makes it hard to keep concentration up for the whole time. It would be far better (although I understand it's time-costly) to be able to see the speaker from time to time, or even a double screen with slides and presentation. I hope this comment helps.



By Kerima A

Oct 23, 2023

First of all, I want to commend you on your effort and dedication in completing this assignment. It's evident that you invested time and thought into it, which is essential for effective learning. I found your assignment to be quite useful for your learning for a few reasons. One aspect I particularly appreciated was your ability to present well-organized and coherent ideas. The structure of your assignment made it easy to follow along and understand your thought process. Additionally, your use of supporting evidence and examples to back up your arguments was impressive. This not only strengthens your arguments but also demonstrates your understanding of the topic. Integrating real-life examples or case studies is a great way to deepen your understanding and make your work more engaging. Furthermore, I noticed your willingness to explore different perspectives. By considering various viewpoints and addressing counterarguments, you showcased a thoughtful and open-minded approach to your work. This kind of critical thinking is crucial in developing a

By Stella A

Dec 10, 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

By Chinwendu A E

Oct 11, 2022

A well planned course that is very informative on the needs of GBV survivors.

This course has helped me to understand how to strategically tailor responses to address specific needs.

By Alina B

Apr 15, 2018

Course is very informative and practical, full of interesting and useful information. Quality of some presentations, especially audios could bit a little bit better.

By Barbora K

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.

By Opeyemi O

Oct 21, 2019

This is an amazing course. I have learnt so much and i'm very happy I took this course. I believe it will be instrumental to my work with survivors of GBV.

By Lady D

May 18, 2024

Plataforma excelente, de fácil manejo donde puedes tener un aprendizaje constante tutores excelentes temas y material actualizado. Muy recomendado

By Deleted A

May 5, 2020

This was a great and insightful course! I really appreciated the focus on low and middle income countries, as well as vulnerable populations.

By Shilpa K

Aug 24, 2017

Well thought out course that touches on key aspects of a comprehensive healthcare response to GBV in a variety of international settings.

By Okumu B

Nov 3, 2020

The course is intense, you feel like you're enrolled in a full on study. It's great that you learn so much and are tested at each step.

By Justyna M

Oct 12, 2017

Great course! Learned a lot about trends, risks and approaches to confronting GBV. Useful for me even though I am not a health worker.

By Michael G M

Jan 30, 2020

Excellent course, well done. Does it have a refresher course ? please recommend other free online courses on GBV /SGBV / VAC

By Etiobhio S O

Aug 14, 2019

This is the best course I've ever taken. I'm glad. I really want to use my ICT knowledge to change the reporting of GBV.

By Anthony M

Nov 11, 2020

The course was very interesting, especially having to learn about how other countries like India view the issue.

By Ngoc Q D

Apr 7, 2019

Great course that so relevant to context of turbulent gender-based violence in Vietnam, my country.

By Shaonli C

Aug 13, 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 Christy M

Dec 31, 2020

I love the content of the course. I highly recommend this to my friends and colleagues.

By Ma.C. V P C

Aug 9, 2016

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


Nov 21, 2018

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

By William Y

Jan 7, 2023

Articulative and precise. Great in sharpening knowledge and skills. Keep it up!!

By Carmela P

May 6, 2021

Great Course! Thanks! Perhaps updating presentations and data, could be a plus.

By Maria F R

Jan 1, 2021

Muy útil! Fantástico que los videos tengan subtítulos!

Muy provechoso.