Graduate Minor in Sexual Health
The Sexual Health minor is a graduate minor that allows students to specialize in sex, sexuality, reproductive health, and sexual health. A firm understanding of the structural factors involved in sexual health will prepare students to enter the professional world with the confidence and ability needed to handle complex questions and issues related to sexuality.
The Minnesota Advantage
The University of Minnesota is a leader in sexual health training and education among peer institutions. This minor is the first and only of its kind in the U.S., providing graduates with distinction in a competitive career environment.
Who Can Apply?
The Sexual Health minor is available to students enrolled in any master’s and doctoral program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.
Declaring a Minor
The process to declare a minor is based on specific criteria.
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The minor is 6 credits for master’s students and 12 credits for doctoral students. The minor follows a flipped classroom format.
Students select the foundational course, and at least one of the four approved additional courses listed below.
Students select from this menu of pre-approved courses to meet the 6 credit minimum for a master’s minor. For the 12-credit minimum for a doctoral minor, electives will be selected in collaboration between the student’s major program and the minor director of graduate studies. Students can also petition the Sexual Health Minor Director of Graduate Studies to consider a course not on the list, including those outside the School of Public Health.
- PUBH 6081 Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health (2 credits)
Pick at least one course from the following list:
- PUBH 6627 Sexuality Education (1 credit)
- PUBH 6010 Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3 credits)
- PUBH 6686 Global Reproductive Health (2 credits)
- PUBH 6605 Reproductive and Perinatal Health (2 credits)
Information for MPH Students
You may choose to count your MPH field experience and/or culminating experience credits toward the 6 credit minimum requirement for the minor. In order for the field experience or culminating experience to qualify as Sexual Health minor credits, it must be in a sexual health-related area and be approved by the Sexual Health Minor Director of Graduate Studies.
Information for Non-Public Health Students
Students who are pursuing a non-public health major are required to complete a basic public health course to gain exposure to this essential background. Approved courses include:
- PUBH 6700 Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
- PUBH 6020 Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
For the 12-credit minimum for a doctoral minor, electives will be selected in collaboration between the student’s major program and the minor director of graduate studies. Students can also petition the Sexual Health Minor Director of Graduate Studies to consider a course not on the list, including those outside the School of Public Health.
This is a partial list of other potential electives from courses outside of the School of Public Health that may serve as electives for the proposed doctoral minor in SHM, subject to approval:
- AFRO 8554 Gender, Race, Nation and Policy – Perspectives from within the African Diaspora (3 credits)
- GWSS 4406 Black Feminist Thought in the American and African Diasporas (3 credits)*
- BTHX 8510 Gender and the Politics of Health (3 credits)
- FMCH 5955 Directed Study in Human Sexuality (1-3 credits)
- FSOS 4101 Sexuality and Gender in Families and Close Relationships (3 credits)*
- FSOS 4152 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People in Families (3 credits)*
- HSEX 6001 Introduction to Human Sexuality
- HSEX 6011 Policy in Human Sexuality
- LAW 6046 Human trafficking (2 credits)
- LAW 6060 Assisted Reproduction and the Family
- LAW 6827 Women’s International Human Rights (2 credit)
- LAW 6862 LGBT Rights and the Law
- LAW 6036 Reproductive rights
- PA 5601 Global survey of gender and public policy (3 credits)
- PA 5690 Topics in women and public policy (2 credits)
* Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is permitted under certain conditions and only with advisor approval.
Students learn comprehensive skills needed to become leaders in sexual health. Through robust curriculum offerings, students will:
- Examine sexual health as a public health priority, including key definitions, national an global policies, and public health priorities
- Learn the epidemiology and nature of sex, sexuality, and sexual health problems, disparities, and methods for documenting and measuring gaps in sexual health achievement at the individual and community levels
- Analyze the roots of sexual health inequities and the process by which these gaps are generated and perpetuated
- Understand the unique and integral role of women, gender and sexual minorities, racial/ethnic groups,
Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to: conduct focus groups; design measures and interventions; critique interventions; design a course of study; create sexual health campaigns for very high-risk populations and individuals; and more.