“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?
Learn all about sex and gender differences from this online course developed by the Office of Research on Women’s Health, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health and the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Three free courses are offered:
- 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
Each course includes 5 or 6 lessons and takes about 5 or 6 hours to complete. New users must register for access to the courses.
The course 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.
Continuing Education Credit
Eligible candidates can earn continuing medical education (CME) credit, continuing nursing education (CNE) credit or continuing pharmacy education (CPE) for successfully completing Course 1, Course 2, or Course 3.
about research and resources in sex and gender differences at UAB and beyond in our Women’s Health Resources Guide. The guide was developed as part of the “Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project” through funding provided by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
We all think about sex but how often do we think about it from an academic point of view? How much do we know about the science and biological basis for sex/gender differences? Do we know how these differences affect health and behavior? As students, educators, researchers, clinicians, and healthcare providers we need to understand the impact these differences have.
Get a refresher on this important information in The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health online curriculum.
This free online series is a collaborative project presented by the Office of Research on Women’s Health, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; The Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lister Hill Library received funding from the National Library of Medicine to promote Women’s Health Resources and The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health.
The first course, The Basic Science and the Biological Basis for Sex- and Gender-Related Differences, includes the following six lessons:
- Understanding the Importance of Sex and Gender in Biomedical Research
- Legislative Process Framework
- Cell Physiology
- Developmental Biology
- Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics
- Clinical Applications of Genomics
The lessons of the second course, Sex and Gender Differences in Health and Behavior, include:
- Clinical Research Methodology
- Endocrine Effects on Immunity
- Drug Therapeutics during Pregnancy
- Understanding the Importance of Sex and Gender in Mental Health
- Autoimmunity, Autoimmune Disease, and Sex Bias
- Sex and Gender Differences in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Each lesson can be completed in less than an hour and includes a quiz at the end to test your comprehension. After completing each course, you are eligible for a Certificate of Completion and CME credit for physicians.
Find more information on Women’s Health Resources by visiting the LHL Guide on Women’s Health developed by SoPH Intern, Niki Agho.