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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 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 29, 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 Neshaan P

Dec 19, 2022

This is a brilliant course for all Healthcare Workers to attend. I will definitely recommend this course to collogues.

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 Ali A A

Jan 4, 2022

I recommend this course to whosoever want to understand how to tackle the menace of GBV

By Tseko C M M

Sep 28, 2020

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

By Lisa A R

Jul 23, 2018

Good information, but since it was recorded in 2015, it should be updated

By Joan B

Feb 14, 2017

great information from diverse teachers.

By Brendon G

Sep 8, 2020

This course is very focused on clinical health care responses to survivors of GBV for health care practitioners. The first week gives a very nice overview of the topic from a global perspective, including the causes of GBV. The next two weeks are then very focused on front-line health care workers, particularly in a clinic setting. I felt overall that I would have liked more discussion on health care policy, and community-based responses to preventing GBV (and the role of the health sector). I also felt that the video/audio quality was sometimes very low in some videos, and in general the course could benefit from being updated/refreshed as it is over 5 years old now.

By Jennifer R R

Jul 19, 2021

Good topic but, material with bad quality and no very engaging. Peer asigments in a not so popular course only makes it worse (can make you lose your economic help for waiting to much). Debate forums do not serve for anything. In a nutshell, nice attempt, but just an attempt.