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Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Public Health

East Baltimore
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Chris Beyrer

340.601 or 340.751


Introduces constructs of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of public health. Explores historical, epidemiological, and social perspectives related to the physical and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and communities. Orients students to current and historic epidemiological and contextual issues that shape what is known about LGBT health, presents an overview of LGBT health disparities and interventions, and develops a foundation for critical thinking about LGBT health research and intervention potential.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess what is known and unknown in LGBT health research
  2. Discuss social, historical, and contextual factors that have shaped LGBT health
  3. Critically read public health literature related to LGBT health
  4. Apply an ecological perspective to LGBT health, identifying individual, social, community, and societal influences on the health and health behaviors of LGBT individuals
  5. Identify and compare examples of effective public health interventions for LGBT populations
Methods of Assessment:

Class attendance and active participation in discussions (1/3), a mid-term paper (1/3), and a final paper (1/3).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: