Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health Option: Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD)

improving sexual and reproductive health program design, delivery, research and advocacy

Through its flagship Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) program, UGHE is pleased to offer a one-year blended program providing specialized skills in Gender, Sexual and Reproductive (GSR) health delivery, and the tools with which to influence gender and sexual and reproductive health through innovation, advocacy leadership, and management. 

The master’s program will equip graduates with the following skills and competencies:

  • Understanding of the intersection between gender and sexual and reproductive health concepts, discussions and efforts to achieve universal access to health care
  • Understanding the importance of gender integration and analysis and apply knowledge and skills in gender and sexual and reproductive health programs.
  • Application of the continuum of approaches for gender integration in sexual and reproductive health projects.
  • Critique gender and sexual and reproductive health policies and programs and develop policy and program recommendations to address key problems.
  •  The process for gender analysis and mainstreaming.
  • Setting specific goals to start working toward gender transformative sexual and reproductive health programming.
  • Identification of resources for additional information and technical assistance.
  • Development of innovative strategies for promoting gender and sexual and reproductive health.
  • Application of systems thinking to illustrate the importance of bringing together multiple disciplines relevant to gender and SRH. 
  • Employing the principles of evidence-based implementation to translate research into practice.
  • Demonstrated leadership to promote organizational development in gender and sexual and reproductive health. 
  • Understanding and application of analytic methods to measure and analyze data on gender and sexual and reproductive health programs and issues. 
  • Training/ mentorship of others in the field of gender and sexual and reproductive health.
  • Addressing complex challenges of gender and sexual and reproductive health program design and implementation effectively and efficiently. 
  • Engagement in practices that lead to lifelong learning, as well as personal and professional development. 

Course Content: 

The program contains, but is not limited to the following courses. 

  • Social construct of gender, gender based inequality, gender and health
  • Human rights in health, and sexual and reproductive rights
  • Ethical issues in SRH, Ethics and SRH policies
  • Gender as health determinant, 
  • Health Systems and Health Inequality
  • Issues of special interest in SRH discussions – adolescent and youth SRH and rights, family planning, maternal and child health, sexual health, safe abortion, sexual and gender-based violence.
  • SRH leadership, management, and governance
  • SRH program analysis –  case studies on SRH focused organizations, SRH indicators, measurement, and analytics (best approaches and challenges) 
  • SRH research methods and application

Eligibility & Applications:

Applications for the Class of 2023 are now open; 1st October 2021 and close on 4th February, 2022, and candidates can apply via the UGHE Application Form

This master’s program is designed for those who have taken their undergraduate courses in health-related fields including but not limited to health care or public health or social science who want to acquire specialized skills in gender and SRH sensitive global health delivery. Applicants are required to have:  

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning in health or related social science fields
  • A stated interest in interactive, active problem-based learning on gender and sexual and reproductive health
  • A demonstration of values and experience consistent with the philosophy of the University of Global Health Equity
  • Proficiency in English to enable the student to both comprehend learning material and to engage in verbal and written communication at the graduate level.

Additionally, priority will be given to:

  • Candidates from traditionally disadvantaged communities, including LGBQT groups, ethnic minorities, impoverished families and communities
  • Strong applicants from organizations in the field of gender, sexual and reproductive health 
  • Female candidates from traditionally disadvantaged communities, including LGBTQ groups, ethnic minorities, impoverished families and communities
  • Strong applicants from organizations in the field of gender, sexual and reproductive health 
  • Female candidates

Learning and Teaching Strategy   

UGHE will combine classroom-based work, distance or eLearning, leadership training, and field-based work to allow students to develop the skills to tackle major gender, sexual and reproductive health problems. A variety of learning approaches will be used, including: 

  •     Traditional in-person classroom lectures and seminars
  •     Facilitated classroom discussion of case studies
  •     Online courses: Asynchronous courses based on access to learning materials on the web anytime, and from anywhere.

Faculty: Tsion Yohannes