Scholarly Concentration Application for Medical Students: Women's Health and Sex Differences


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.

Required Courses: MED 240 or OBGYN 256. Students may take both.

WHSD students select coursework from the list below.


Women and Health Care (McGann Lecture Series)

1 unit | Aut


Health and Medical Impact of Sexual Assault across the Lifecourse

1-3 units | Aut

INDE 298

Women's Health Independent Project

1 unit | Aut Win Spr Sum

MED 240

Sex and Gender in Human Physiology and Disease

2 units | Win


Current Issues in Reproductive Health

1 unit | Win

INDE 215

Queer Health and Medicine

1 unit | Spr


Current Topics and Controversies in Women's Health

2-3 units | Spr


Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy

3 units | Spr


Sexual Function and Diversity in Medical Disciplines

2 units | Spr


Global Medical Issues Affecting Women

1 unit | Not offered AY18

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.