Scholarly Concentration Application for Medical Students: Women's Health


Marcia Stefanick, PhD

Lynn Westphal, MD

Paula Hillard, MD

Objectives & Goals

The Women’s Health and Sex Differences (WHSD) Application Area addresses a wide scope of sex/gender-based biology and medical topics, with a focus on health issues that are unique, more prevalent or different in women compared to men.  Research on differences due to sex (biology) and/or gender (sociocultural influences), and interactions of sex and gender on biology and health outcomes, is encouraged within each foundation and across all applications.

WHSD students receive training in a model that integrates biomedical and social science, by way of interdisciplinary, collaborative experiences driven from basic, translational, clinical and population research.  This approach transcends the boundaries of medical specialties, in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of health for all women, and men.


Students must complete 6 Scholarly Concentration coursework units in the WHSD Application Area.

WHSD students select coursework from the following:

FAMMED 245 Women and Health Care (McGann Lecture Series) 1 unit | Aut
INDE 298 Women's Health Independent Project 1 unit | Aut Win Spr Sum
INDIE 215 Queer Medicine 1 unit | Spr
MED 240 Sex and Gender in Human Physiology and Disease 2 units | Win
OBGYN 256 Current Controversies in Women’s Health 2 units | Spr
OBGYN/PEDS 282 Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy 3 units | Spr
SOMGEN 206 Global Medical Issues Affecting Women 1 unit | not offered AY17
SOMGEN 230 Sexual Function and Diversity in Medical Disciplines  1-2 units |Aut
SOMGEN 237 Health & Medical Impact of Sexual Assault across the Lifecourse 1-3 units | Aut
SOMGEN 257 Challenging Sex & Gender Dichotomies in Medicine 1 unit | Spr

For full descriptions of School of Medicine courses, please visit the online catalog:

Please Note

Information on this site pertains to MD students who matriculated in the 2006-2007 academic year or later. All other students matriculating prior to 2006 should refer to their year’s Guide to the Scholarly Concentrations for more information.