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Human Sexuality and Health Scholarly Concentration

The Human Sexuality and Health Scholarly Concentration introduces students to a range of issues related to sex, gender and sexuality and how these characteristics intersect with the practice of medicine. Topics include: sex and gender development and diversity; sexuality and sexual fluidity; sexual and romantic relationships; contraception and reproduction; STls and HIV prevention; etc. Students learn about health discrepancies in LGBTQ+ populations, the need for competency in practice with LGBTQ+ patients, and current best practices. This concentration is a partnership with the Kinsey Institute and provides students the opportunity to tour labs and work with faculty researchers on a range of topics related to sex and sexuality.


Students will participate onsite in Bloomington; completion of the scholarly project could be done remotely.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the Human Sexuality and Health concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in a range of issues related to sex, gender and sexuality as they relate to the practice of medicine that will be vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product.

Recommended Pathway

Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. Actual pathway may vary.

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reproduction and sexuality, postpartum depression, birth interventions, and oxytocin Health administration
  • Romantic and sexual relationships Jail assessment of routine HIV/HCV testing
  • Condom use, misuse and errors in health equity
  • Sexual and gender development
  • Human sexuality education
  • Sexual trauma, physical health and psychological well-being


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Charles N. Rudick, PhD

Assistant Director of Medical Education at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington

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Jessica Hille

Assistant Director for Education, Kinsey Institute

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Justin R. Garcia, PhD

Acting Executive Director, The Kinsey Institute

Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of Gender Studies
IU Bicentennial Professor

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