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Women’s Health Studies Minor

Women continue to be a chronically underserved population in healthcare despite the best efforts of many who work to boost women’s access to resources, education, and care. 

Our program

In the Women’s Health Studies minor you’ll focus on the societal factors that influence women’s health, as well as how their health needs are met by healthcare systems and practitioners alike. You’ll address issues such as research gaps in women’s health, the need for public policy evaluation and advocacy, and how technology can improve the medical lives of women around the world.

This minor is based on advanced practice nursing and midwifery theory, but is open to all Penn graduate students with a strong interest in women’s health.


The minor consists of two required courses—Well Woman Health Care and Public Policy Leadership in the American Public/Private System of Health Care—plus two electives of your choosing.


Completing this minor does not result in eligibility to sit for a WHNP or CNM certification examination, nor does it result in eligibility for licensure.