The study of women's health holds immense significance for healthcare professionals as it recognises the unique healthcare needs and experiences of women throughout their lives. Women's health encompasses a broad range of issues, including reproductive health, maternal care, hormonal changes, and gender-specific conditions. By understanding these distinct aspects, healthcare professionals can provide more tailored and effective care, contributing to better health outcomes for women.
In this blog, we highlight the importance of women's health and why completing our Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Women’s Health can offer healthcare professionals the opportunity to study varying aspects of female health, learn new approaches and provide appropriate care in their community. We will cover the importance of increasing your confidence to manage a range of conditions in reproductive and sexual health, ensuring better outcomes for women.
Why women's health is so important
The lack of adequate training in women's health has been a longstanding issue in healthcare systems around the world. Historically, medical education and research have often focused on male physiology and health conditions, while neglecting or downplaying the unique aspects of women's health. This knowledge gap can have significant consequences for the well-being and healthcare outcomes of women.
To address these challenges, there is a growing recognition of the importance of incorporating comprehensive women's health education into medical training. Efforts are underway to improve curricula, increase the inclusion of women in research studies, and provide ongoing professional development opportunities for healthcare providers.
In-depth knowledge of women's health enables healthcare providers to diagnose and manage conditions specific to women, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, osteoporosis, and menopause. Additionally, studying women's health facilitates early detection and prevention of gender-specific health risks, empowers women to make informed decisions about their bodies, and promotes overall gender equity in healthcare. Thus, healthcare professionals' dedication to studying women's health is essential in ensuring comprehensive and equitable healthcare for women of all ages.
Awareness and recognition of the importance of women’s health have continued to increase, offering a more momentous opportunity than ever before to systemically address gender inequality in healthcare. However, we still face a wide gender health gap in both research and treatment that are unique to women.
Closing the gender health gap
The reason women face more healthcare challenges than men is because gender inequality in healthcare exists. There are wide gaps in research and treatment ability for areas that are unique to women and therefore create a higher risk of developing certain conditions and diseases that could potentially be treated or prevented if identified early enough. By elevating the importance of women’s health, we can deliver better, more inclusive insights; more targeted, accessible solutions in order to better care for women and girls worldwide. Which is exactly what our women’s health course aims to do.
When you join Learna, you are in control! With no fixed timetable, students are given the freedom to study at their own convenience, meaning they can study any time and anywhere in the world. Our courses provide active learning opportunities through scenario-based discussion forums and self-reflection focusing on solutions.
Our women’s health degree covers the different aspects of women’s health holistically, including legality and ethics. The course has been design to help healthcare professionals to support women and young girls during a vulnerable time of their lives and enable students to become more confident in their role and to fast-track their career in women’s health.
Education and training for healthcare professionals
Our unique and flexible online women’s health course is aimed at primary care physicans or nurses wanting to specialise in this area, midwives, HCPs working in sexual health settings, staff nurses on a gynaecology ward and autonomous practitioners. The course offers the learner the opportunity to study a range of conditions in reproductive and sexual health, ensuring better outcomes for women, whilst becoming advocates and agents of change for women’s health services.
You will collaborate with other professionals in order to help develop a stronger understanding of your role and responsibilities and gain an exciting insight into women’s health globally. There are no lectures or study times, making it possible to fit your qualification around your schedule. Additionally, in order to provide more opportunities for healthcare professionals, we offer some of the most affordable prices with interest-free payment plans and no international surcharge.
Ultimately, achieving this women’s health degree will transform your knowledge and skills and help you gain a competitive edge. If you’re ready to make a difference on a wider scale - then visit our women’s health page to find out more information.
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.