SEX and Gender specific health

This project is supported by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Office of the President, Offices of the Deans of the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Nursing, and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. Please read our Terms and Conditions.


Some medical schools are documenting and reporting the use of the Sex and Gender Specific Health Learning Modules as part of their LCME accreditation process.  The learning modules can provide schools with the means for meeting educational objectives and are particularly relevant to LCME standards related to curricular content, such as elements 7.5: Societal Problems and 7.6: Cultural Competence and Health Care Disparities in the Data Collection Instrument.

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What is Sex and Gender Specific Health (SGSH)?

Approaching health through the lens of sex and gender based medicine is defined as the science of how normal human biology differs between males and females and how the manifestations, mechanisms, and treatment of disease vary as a function of the complex relationship of both sex and gender.


The increasing body of sex and gender specific evidence dictates a change in how medical education approaches teaching women’s and men’s health.  The current segregation of men’s health and women’s health must be expanded to a broader, more inclusive sex and gender specific health.


This approach serves to expand women’s health beyond the standard bones, hormones, and reproduction to other diseases and to include men in the consideration of the typical “female-sexed” diseases of osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and depression.

GENDER SEX Biological: XY or XX Male/Female/Intersex Chromosomes Sex Organs Hormones Socially constructed and Enacted Roles and Behaviors Man/Woman/Other Masculine/Feminine Gender Non-Conforming
learning module Testimonials        
[Completing all five learning modules] has benefited me as a teaching tool primarily. I have been using the modules to a limited extent in my courses - Women’s Health and Pharmacist Skills Lab. The modules are a good self-guided learning option. Student from the University of Southern California Videos for the dialogue between patient and doctor [in the learning modules] were helpful to gain experience in communication skills. Student from Ankara University School of Medicine, Turkey
The modules have benefited me by giving more diversified knowledge while working in a hospital and/or clinic setting with male and female patients. I can bring a more patient centered approach to the way I care for patients because I know the differences in disease pathology between the sexes. Student from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
I look forward to the time when an individual course in sex and gender differences is no longer needed. Dr. Werbinski, MD Associate Professor Emerita
sex and Gender specific Health certificate

The Sex and Gender Specific Health Certificate is available to anyone who completes all five Learning Modules. If you are a professional, earning this certificate qualifies you to join the Sex and Gender Health Collaborative Practitioner Registry. Please follow this link for more information and to join the registry.

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