HEA-305: Women’s Health



Women's Health explores what women and men need to know about women’s bodies and women’s health. Personal, family, cultural, community, and societal influences are analyzed for their impact on the physical and emotional health of women. Emphasis on human sexuality is addressed in discussion related to body image and intimacy. Health risk identification, health promotion, health maintenance, and treatment alternatives are examined. Men are encouraged to participate in the course to add perspective and gain a more in-depth understanding of women.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the physiological bases of health in women from adolescence through senior years.
  2. Articulate informed healthcare decisions that attain and maintain healthy lifestyles in women.
  3. Discuss the impact of personal, family, cultural, workplace, and societal influences on women’s health behavior and practices.
  4. Promote health behaviors and practices that assist women to achieve physical and emotional health.
  5. Illustrate how the media and advertising affects women’s health behaviors and practices.


You will need the following required textbook to do the work of the course. The textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

  1. Northrup, C. (2010). Women’s bodies, women’s wisdom: Creating physical and emotional health and healing (10th ed.). New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. ISBN-13: 978-0-553-38673-8


Women’s Health is a three-credit online course, consisting of 12 modules. Modules include an overview, list of topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and topics are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Orientation
  2. Module 2: Exploring Space - Evaluating Women’s Health Internet Sites
  3. Module 3: Overview of Female Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Module 4: Understanding the Menstrual Cycle
  1. Module 5: Achieving and Maintaining Gynecological Health
  1. Module 6: Field Observation of a Health Issue

  1. Module 7: Reproductive Issues

  1. Module 8: Self-Assessment and Health Behaviors

  1. Module 9: Life after Menopause

  1. Module 10: Breast Health

  1. Module 11: Breastfeeding

  1. Module 12: Summary and Evaluation


For your formal work in the course, you are required to: participate in 13 online discussion forums (DF), including an ungraded Introductions forum in Module 1 and three debate forums (DBF); complete one Self-check online quiz and one written assignment. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for all due dates.

Discussion and Debate Forums

Each module in the course has an online class discussion forum. Three modules also include a debate forum. All forums take place asynchronously.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Please participate in online forums as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

Criteria used to evaluate your participation in discussion forums include the following:

  1. The comments posted are related to the discussion topic and are in the proper forum.
  2. At least three comments are posted for each forum on at least three separate days.
  3. The quality of comments indicates understanding of topic. The Thomas Edison State College Student Handbook states: "Participation in a discussion involves two distinct activities: an initial contribution and subsequent commentary."
  4. To facilitate our online learning community and enhance the richness of discussion, it is strongly encouraged that the initial post be submitted by Wednesday of each week.
  5. The comments posted adhere to netiquette and are neatly entered. Netiquette requires that postings are not typed in ALL CAPS. It also requires that all students treat each other and their ideas with respect.
  6. If student does not participate in discussions during the allotted time frame, points will be forfeited.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information tab of the course Web site.

Written Assignment - Final Analysis Paper”

The Final Analysis Paper counts 25% toward your grade in the course. The paper focuses on women’s health issues as portrayed in the media, and you will have two options from which to choose. Limit the content of the paper to 3–5 pages (not including title page or reference page), and include at least two appropriate references to support your discussion.

For complete guidelines, see the Final Analysis Paper Guidelines. Please follow the guidelines carefully for the option you choose. Consult the course Calendar for the due date.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information tab of the course Web site.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online Discussion forums (12) - 30%
  2. Online Debate forums (3) - 45%
  3. Written Assignment - Final analysis paper - 25%

All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of D or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take time to read the entire Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlines procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. if you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.


Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.

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