Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Health, Law, and Socio-Cultural Sensitivity
University of Aberdeen
  • Start Date: 07 Feb, 2022
  • 4 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Understand the many impacts of FGM and the legal duty of a health and social care professional in reporting FGM practices.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Help bridge the gap between FGM and medical education

FGM causes devastating mental and physical health impacts. Yet a gap in education on FGM has led to a lack of confidence among health care professionals to deal with this harmful practice.

On this four-week course, you’ll build your understanding of Female Genital Mutilation to help you recognise and report indicators of FGM or plans to inflict it.

This knowledge will increase your confidence and help you play a role in ending FGM.

Discover the impacts of FGM on women and girl’s health

You’ll learn the definition and the four types of Female Genital Mutilation before exploring the physiological and psychological aspects of FGM on women and girl’s health.

This understanding will help you identify the clinical diagnosis and the treatment for both the physical and mental health of victims of FGM.

There is a legal duty for health and social care professionals, educators, and police personnel to recognise and report physical or other indicators of FGM practices.

You’ll evaluate when and how it is appropriate to act in relation to your legal responsibilities and learn to apply your knowledge to recognise and report FGM.

Explore different perspectives alongside the experts at the University of Aberdeen

You’ll explore socio-cultural perspectives of FGM and how to manage difficult conversations.

This critical approach will help you analyse case studies of FGM practices from a range of perspectives.

You’ll learn from the experts at the University of Aberdeen who have created the course alongside a team of academics and medics who have been working on FGM projects for a number of years.

This course is designed for health and social care professionals, educators, police, and anyone with an interest in women and girl’s health and ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is today at the forefront of teaching, learning and discovery, as it has been for 500 years.

It has consistently sent pioneers and ideas outward to every part of the world. It is an ambitious, research-driven university with a global outlook, committed to excellence in everything it does.

Over the centuries Aberdeen researchers have pioneered many developments in medicine, science and the social sciences. Five Nobel Laureates have also been associated with the University.

As part of the University’s strategy to maintain its place at the forefront of research its work is split into four themes – Energy, Environmental Sustainability Pathway to a Healthy Life and The North. The University also has a vigorous and wide-ranging public and cultural engagement programme to share this research with a wide audience.

The University of Aberdeen offers an innovative curriculum with exciting cross-disciplinary courses that place students at the cutting-edge of modern learning.


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