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Menstruation in a Global Context: Addressing Policy and Practice

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14 weeks
50 USD
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Self-paced Online
14 weeks
50 USD
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Course description

Menstruation in a Global Context: Addressing Policy and Practice

Over the last decade, menstruation has attracted increased attention as an important public health issue. This has resulted in the proliferation of new research, programs, and policies aimed at tackling the menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) challenges faced by girls, women and others who menstruate. Global advocates are directly combating ongoing menstrual stigma and calling for an end to period poverty around the world.

The objective of this course is to provide learners with a foundation on the global menstruation movement that aims to ensure that the menstrual needs of everyone, everywhere are met. We will review cutting edge menstrual health and hygiene research, programming, and policies being implemented around the world. Through a series of lectures and examples from global experts, participants will gain knowledge and skills on approaches for MHH program design and implementation, research, monitoring and advocacy, with an emphasis on the needs of low-income and vulnerable populations around the world.

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Training content

  • Menstruation as a Public Health and Human Rights Issue
  • Review of Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) Evidence and Gaps
  • MHH Programming for Adolescent Girls
  • The MHH Experiences of Women in Low-Resource Settings
  • MHH Policy and Advocacy
  • MHH Response in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Inclusive MHH Programming and Policies

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Colgate University, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$50
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts and definitions related to menstruation and menstrual health and hygiene (MHH).
  • Describe why MHH is an important public health issue.
  • Explain how challenges like stigma and social norms shape the menstrual experiences of girls, women and people with periods.
  • Learn about the design and implementation of MHH programming across the three pillars: materials and supplies; sanitation facilities; and information.
  • Review research and monitoring practices in the field of MHH, including indicators, methods and measurement challenges.
  • Articulate why menstruation is a human rights and gender equality issue, its connections to other social movements, and new advocacy frontiers.
  • Analyze trends and progress in the global menstrual equity movement, including new legislation and policies.

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