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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 work with faculty researchers on a range of topics related to sex and sexuality.


Students will participate onsite in Bloomington.

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

This table shows that the first three topic specific courses, which should be completed during the summer between first and second year of med school. The two remaining courses, project and product, are also longitudinal. The project can begin as soon as the summer between first and second year of med school, while the product should begin during phase three and conclude on or before the end of fourth year.

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

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea. 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

Student Testimonials

  • Keeley Newsom, Class of 2023
    Keeley NewsomWhat was the inspiration for your scholarly project?

    I realized there was a large gap in LGBTQIA+ education and exposure while in medical training, and I wanted to figure out how this influenced medical students’ knowledge and attitudes towards the LGBTQIA+ community and LGBTQIA+ health. My hope was to find intervention points in which medical training could be improved to ensure that our future physicians provide affirming care for folks of all sexual orientations and gender identities. I sent a survey to people who identify as LGBTQUIA+ living in southern Indiana. These data have been really enlightening, and we are now using it to guide efforts to open a free, student-run clinic for the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Tari Kurman, Class of 2024
    Tari Kurman

    How will your participation in the Human Sexuality and Health Scholarly Concentration contribute to your overall career aspirations in medicine?

    I think the scholarly concentration will make me a better physician regardless of what field I go into, because I believe the clinical practices we use to improve health care for LGBTQ+ patients can be applied to improve health care for all patients. I also know that no matter what field I practice in, I will have patients who identify as LGBTQ+, and I want to make it easier for these patients to access health care and feel safe and comfortable doing so.


Students should reach out to co-directors with any questions about this concentration.

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Justin R. Garcia, PhD

Executive Director and Senior Scientist, Kinsey Institute

Ruth N. Halls Endowed Professor of Gender Studies

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Jessica Hille, JD, PhD

Assistant Director for Education, Kinsey Institute

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Charles N. Rudick, PhD

Assistant Director of Medical Education - Bloomington

Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Phase 1

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