MPH Context Certificate: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender

Inequality and discrimination related to gender and sexuality are major barriers to the attainment of health. Using behavioral and social science theory and methods as well as human rights and social justice frameworks, students will gain analytical, program, and policy skills to understand and address the behavioral, structural, and social determinants of gender inequality and their impacts on individual, community, and population health.

Upon graduation, students in the 12-credit certificate will be able to:

  • Identify the determinants of health and disease related to gender, gender identity, and sexuality.
  • Apply conceptual frameworks related to gender inequality, sexuality, and gender identity in order to address health challenges and support the health and social well-being of women, men, and youth, including those who are marginalized and disadvantaged.
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and use data to estimate the burden and patterns of disease and solve public health problems related to sex, sexuality, and gender.
  • Use systematic approaches to develop, implement, evaluate, and advocate for gender and sexual and reproductive health policies, programs, or services.
  • Make programmatic and policy decisions that reflect ethical frameworks and respect for the values, beliefs, and practices regarding sexual health and rights within diverse communities and cultures.

Course Requirements

  • GH 750 Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Inequality in Global Health (4 cr)
  • Choose 8 credits from the following:
    • GH 766 Sexual & Reproductive Health in Disaster Settings (4 cr)
    • GH 795 Global AIDS Epidemic (4 cr)
    • LW 740 Health & Human Rights (4 cr)
    • MC 705 Safer Sex in the City (4 cr)
    • MC 782 Women and Substance Use (2 cr)
    • MC 785 Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: From Rights to Justice (2 cr)*
    • MC 815 Sexual and Reproductive Advocacy: Practice in Global and Local Context (4 cr)*
    • MC 840 Women and Health Policy: Gender, Evidence, and Politics (4 cr)
    • SB 752 Pornography (4 cr)
    • SB 753 Preventing Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence (4 cr)
    • SB 760 Health of LGBT Populations (4 cr)

*Students cannot take both MC 785 and MC 815 for credit.