The Science of Sex & Gender in Human Health
Online Course Series
“Sex…is an important basic human variable that should be considered when designing and analyzing the results of studies in all areas and at all levels of biomedical and health-related research.”
—Institute of Medicine, Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?
This online series of courses was designed to create a permanent foundation for sex and gender accountability in medical research and treatment by enabling researchers, clinicians, and students in the health professions to integrate knowledge of sex and gender differences and similarities into their research and practice.
The site currently offers three courses:
To learn more about each course, please visit the Credit page. Each course includes 5 or 6 lessons and takes approximately 5 or 6 hours to complete. These courses are offered free of charge.
Continuing Medical Education
Continuing medical education (CME) credit can be awarded to eligible candidates who successfully complete a course. Please see the Credit page for more information about earning CME credit.
Continuing Nursing Education/Continuing Pharmacy Education
Continuing nursing education (CNE) credit and continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit can be awarded to eligible candidates who successfully complete a course. Please see the Credit page for more information about earning CNE and CPE credit.
Who Can Benefit From These Courses?
This site was developed for researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, educators, and students who wish to gain a basic scientific understanding of the major physiological differences between the sexes, the influences these differences have on illness and health outcomes, and the implications for policy, medical research, and health care. The series of courses is open to the public.
The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health was developed by:
- Office of Research on Women’s Health
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Office of Women’s Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration