IMED3301 Issues in Women's Health Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
A person's health is influenced throughout their lifespan by many factors. Some of the most important factors include sex, gender, racial ethnicity, culture, environment, and socioeconomic status. Researchers are discovering the critical roles that sex (being male or female) and gender identity (including social and cultural factors) play in health, wellness, and disease progression. The discoveries being made through the study of women's health and sex differences are key to advancements in personalised medicine for both sexes.
There are striking sex and gender differences in many diseases and conditions, including: autoimmune diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, depression and brain disorders, diabetes, infectious diseases, obesity, and substance abuse disorders.
The field of women's health research has expanded far beyond its roots in reproductive health and includes the study of health throughout the lifespan and across the spectrum of scientific investigations: from basic research and laboratory studies to molecular research, genetics, and clinical trials. Researchers are investigating healthy lifestyles and behaviour, risk reduction, and disease prevention, and searching for the best ways to diagnose and treat chronic conditions. This unit aims to link research, evidence-based practice and a critical evaluation of the scientific rationale underpinning issues in women's reproductive health.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a broad understanding of the nature of research in women's health; (2) demonstrate a broad understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods; (3) demonstrate a broad understanding of the role of women's health research in advancing knowledge and policy development; (4) develop skills and knowledge to critically evaluate and devise solutions for women's health problems; (5) demonstrate personal awareness of the social and ethical impact of women's health research; (6) develop a research question; (7) identify sources of women's health funding; (8) identify problems and limitations of the research process; and (9) demonstrate self-management and independent learning skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal - expression of interest; (2) peer review; and (3) research proposal - full application. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Demelza Ireland
Unit rules
IMED2208 Issues in Women's Reproductive Health
Advisable prior study:
IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
Contact hours
Workshops: 3-4 hours per week
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