Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HE 212
Course Title:
Women's Health
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Course Description

Examines women's health issues from a local, national and international perspective exploring the impact of bio-psycho-socio-cultural factors on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and promotion of women's health. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Women€™s Health is an emergent issue in our society. Traditionally, health research and issues focused on men with results being generalized to women. Increased recognition exists that women€™s health has unique aspects that require distinct exploration, discussion and understanding.

Specifically, Women€™s Health will meet the needs of PCC student€™s who:

a)      have asked for a course to continue their exploration of personal health and well-being begun in HE 250€”Personal Health and/or   HPE 295 Health and Fitness for Life;

b)      desire to explore women€™s health and well-being issues using in-depth focus groups and;

c)      want to increase their diversity knowledge.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Identify significant women€™s health issues in the United States and abroad and analyze how these issues impact women€™s health status.
2. Articulate the impact of medical research bias, androcentricity, overgeneralization and double standards on women€™s health,
3. Demonstrate knowledge of gender specific health care needs for chronic, infectious and societal conditions which influence women€™s health, and
4. Evaluate the relative efficacies of public health and medical model approaches in disease treatment and health promotion.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written examination

  • Critical analysis of material

  • Journaling and self assessment

  • Group problem solving

  • Class room activities and discussion

  • Oral presentation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Critical thinking

  • compare

  • predict

  • hypothesize

  • problem solving

  • decision making

Communication skills

  • oral and written communication
  • computer literacy
  • calibration skills
  • cooperative group work

Intrapersonal skills

  • values clarification

  • reflective journal writing

Information Access Skills

  • collect qualitative and quantitative data

  • access current information

  • evaluate validity


  • Analyze how social, cultural and historical perspectives influence a woman€™s self perception of her personal health.

  • Increase health knowledge of current women€™s health issues

  • Analyze how behaviors, beliefs, values and attitudes influence a woman€™s current health status.