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Unit Overview


The field of women's health research has expanded far beyond its roots in reproductive health and now includes the study of health across the lifespan. Women's health research covers the full spectrum of investigations from basic laboratory studies to clinical trials and involves multiple disciplines including clinical medicine, allied health, biomedical sciences, population and global health, biomedical engineering, health policy, law and economics.

Sex and gender both play a critical role in health, wellness, and disease. There are, for example, striking sex/gender differences in autoimmune diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, depression and brain disorders, diabetes, infectious diseases, obesity, and substance abuse disorders. The discoveries being made through the study of women's health and sex differences are key to advancements in personalised medicine for both sexes.

In this unit, students will apply their knowledge of research and evidence-based practice developed in IMED2208: Issues in Women's Reproductive Health. Students will explore, create and communicate like researchers as they design a research proposal and project pitch that addresses an unanswered question in women's health. Further, students will learn to provide constructive feedback through peer review..

This unit is the third of three core units in the Women's Health Minor.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) discuss the role of women's health research in advancing knowledge, women's health practice, and/or policy development; (2) formulate a research question through critical appraisal of the research literature; (3) devise solutions for women's health problems; (4) formulate a research proposal that justifies the selected methodology, addresses ethical considerations, acknowledges research limitations, and engages stakeholder groups; (5) provide constructive feedback through peer review.; (6) apply constructive feedback to refine a research proposal; and (7) communicate effectively in written and spoken form.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) peer review; and (3) project pitch. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Demelza Ireland and Dr Philippa Martyr
Unit rules
IMED2208 Issues in Women's Reproductive Health
and Successful completion of
48 points
Advisable prior study
IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
Contact hours
Workshops: 3-4 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.