Course Work


Students who pursue Women’s Health & Sex Differences are required to complete 6 units of coursework from the following featured courses (or other courses, as approved by the WH directors):

OBGYN 240/ MEDICINE 240 Sex Differences in Human Physiology and Disease (2-3 units/ Winter/ Wed 3:15 - 4:45 pm); Stefanick
Chromosomal and hormonal influences on cells, tissues, and organs that underlie the 
development of reproductive organs and sexual dimorphism of the neuroendocrine system. Consequences of sex hormones and environmental factors that differ between men and women in systems including the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, and immunological. Guest lecturers. Assigned readings and related papers.

OBGYN 256 Current Controversies in Women’s Health (2-3 units/ Spring/ Wed 3:15 – 4:45 pm); Jacobson and Stefanick
Interdisciplinary. Topics include: health research; bioethical, legal, and policy issues; 
scientific and cultural perspectives; social influences; environmental and lifestyle effects 
on health; and issues related to special populations. Guest lecturers. Assigned readings and related papers.

SOMGEN 206 Global Medical Issues Affecting Women (1 unit)

SOMGEN 230 Human Sexual Diversity in Medical Practice (1-3 units) 

INDE 237 Medical Impact of Sexual Relationship Abuse Throughout the Life Course (1 unit)

INDE 298 Women’s Health independent Project (1 unit/Fall, Winter Spring, Summer); Jacobson, Stefanick and Westphal
Students pursue individual projects under the supervision of a faculty member.