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.

INDE 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.

OBGYN 230 Women’s Health Medical Forum (1 unit/Fall, Winter,
Spring/ Wed 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 2x/mo); Westphal
Students attend a minimum of 10 hours of Women's Health seminars each quarter- 5 core
seminars common to all students and five seminars determined in consultation with the instructor, based on student interest and instructor expectation. Core seminars feature a Women's Health research presentation (by faculty or student), followed by discussion.  An array of topics is covered, with particular emphasis on topics related to the five Stanford Institutes (cardiovascular; cancer; stem cell; neurosciences; and immunity), and the subspecialties of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Assigned readings and related papers.

INDE 245 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.

OBGYN 282 Pregnancy, Birth, Infancy and Childhood (3 units/Winter);
Comprehensive clinical experience where medical students follow pregnant women from initial prenatal visits to delivery, and through the first years of infant and early childhood care. Continuity clinic format, combined with didactic lessons, discussion seminars and practical teaching sessions. Students are exposed to clinical activities in a meaningful context, related to their on-going classroom studies in anatomy, physiology, embryology and human development. Additionally, students are exposed to many social, economic, and personal issues related to medicine. This program spans a minimum of three quarters, covering topics in pregnancy in the first quarter, issues in labor, delivery and the newborn during the second quarter, and infant/childhood pediatrics in the third quarter. In addition to clinic experiences, students are expected to spend 1-2 hours/week in lectures and workshops, and to keep a diary of their experiences. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

HUMBIO 121 Critical Issues in Child Health (4 units/Autumn, Spring) Adam, Layne, Peterson
Integrated picture of the physical and psychosocial health factors that result in a healthy child building on principles taught in the Human Biology core. Students apply basic human physiology to the physiology of the child to develop perspective on global pediatric health challenges and how the cultural context influences and defines the child living within it.

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