Why our programme compliments the women’s health strategy


Despite progress and scientific advancements to improve health outcomes, women’s health still isn’t being taken seriously enough. This systemic problem touches all levels of healthcare systems globally. This can be due to a number of factors such as:

  • Unequal power between men and women
  • Dictation over women’s reproductive roles and rights
  • Physical, sexual and emotional violence
  • Decrease in education and paid employment opportunities
  • Poverty can yield a higher burden on women and girls

The Learna | Diploma MSc Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Women’s Health aims to help healthcare professionals to support women and young girls during a vulnerable time of their lives. Our women’s health degree covers the different aspects of women’s health holistically, including legality and ethics and very much compliments the UK Government's first Women’s Health Strategy for England. This strategy ensures more focus is placed on women-specific issues and eliminates under-representation when it comes to important clinical trials.

Women’s Health Strategy

The first Women’s Health Strategy is set out to improve the way in which the health and care system listens to women’s voices, and boost health outcomes for women and girls. It is a 10-year strategy that implements a range of commitments and off the back of this first policy, all healthcare professionals will now face mandatory women's health training from 2024. The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that it aims to tackle the gender health gap.

This will ensure the next generation and current healthcare professionals are better educated and supported to continuously learn and update their knowledge in women’s health. Our programme will certainly help students become more confident in their role and to fast track their career in women’s health.

What is covered under women's health

Our unique and flexible online Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Women’s Health is designed for GP trainees wanting to specialise in women’s health, midwives, antenatal care, staff nurses on a gynaecology ward and autonomous practitioners.

The programme is run in conjunction with the University of Buckingham, which houses a medical school, accredited by the General Medical Council.

Achieving this women’s health degree from the University of Buckingham will help you demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of women’s healthcare. Ultimately, exposing you to an extensive variety of women’s health issues and improving your knowledge, skills, clinical outcomes and career prospects.

Our women’s health course is led by our two expert programme leaders, Professor Alison Fiander and Janet Evans - both have global knowledge and experience in this area of medicine. Professor Alison Fiander has over 24 years of experience in women’s health and has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists since 2003. Her research interests include Human Papillomavirus Infection, psychological issues in cancer, and global women’s health including the prevention of cervical cancer and appropriate postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in resource-poor countries. Alison has also had over 30 pieces of work published in medical journals.

As for Professor Janet Evans, she is a gynaecologist with a subspecialist interest in infertility and assisted reproduction which she first developed in 1985 when working in Adelaide where she helped set up IVF there. After being a general consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist for 12 years, Janet then ran IVF Wales for 10 years and during that time increased treatment options and success. Janet also has varied research interests and has always been keen to teach and encourage both undergraduates and postgraduates.

We regularly receive incredible feedback from current and past students on the quality of teaching here at Learna and we know that our innovative teaching strategies and immersive learning sees students take a lead in their own learning and development. It is our mission to empower healthcare professionals through accessible, affordable and quality education, so they feel more in control and confident when handling patients. To find out more about our courses visit our Women’s Health page.

P.S You can also view our webinar “Gender inequality in healthcare: How can we lessen the stigma surrounding women's health?” put together with our Women’s Health Programme Leaders Alison Fiander and Janet Evans.