“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:
The Basic Science and the Biological Basis for Sex- and Gender-Related Differences
Sex and Gender Differences in Health and Behavior
The Influence of Sex and Gender on Disease Expression and Treatment
To learn more about each course, please visit the CME page or the CNE/CPE 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 (CME) credit can be awarded to eligible candidates who successfully complete Course 1, Course 2, or Course 3. Please see the CME page for more information about earning CME credit.
Continuing nursing education (CNE) credit and continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit can be awarded to eligible candidates who successfully complete Course 1, Course 2, or Course 3. Please see the CNE/CPE page for more information about earning CNE and CPE credit.
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.
Please review the using this site page before you begin taking courses. To get started, please register. If you have already created an account, please log in.
The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health was developed by:
Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) • 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817
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