New eLearning Course: Gender and Health Systems Strengthening

K4Health Highlights

Lisa Mwaikambo

CCP | Co-Manager, Global Health eLearning

Ann Yang

IntraHealth International | Project Officer

Constance Newman, MPH, MSW

IntraHealth International | Senior Team Leader, Gender Equality and Health

CapacityPlus, USAID’s flagship project on the global health workforce led by IntraHealth International, is pleased to announce the release of the Gender and Health Systems Strengthening course hosted on the USAID Global Health eLearning Center.

Six Component of Health System

Source: WHO 2007

Learners who take this course will learn about the gender issues that exist within the major health systems components, key interventions that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how to address these gender issues in health systems strengthening activities in order to improve health systems and gender-related outcomes.

Women and men have different opportunities and constraints, needs, power, and access to the resources affecting their health. Promoting gender equality in the six components of the health system, as described by the World Health Organization and seen below, means assuring fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits, power and resources between women and men, girls and boys. 

Achieving better health and gender-related outcomes requires a coordinated and integrated response that recognizes the interdependence of each component of the health system. Health leaders must forge multiple, dynamic interactions between systems components and monitor progress. This course highlights gender issues to consider and ways to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in building stronger health systems.

You can take the course for free by registering at Prior to taking this course, you should complete the Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health 101 course, which will provide you with basic understanding of key gender concepts. The Global Health eLearning Center will also provide you with free access to more than 65 courses on a variety of global health topics.