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Gender and Health Minor


This minor allows students to take courses that focus on gender and health across a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It is designed to focus students’ studies of gender and health from a feminist perspective. The minor provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills in critical analysis as they explore how the social category of gender and conceptualizations of health, health care and health policy intersect. 

Coursework on a range of topics allows students to engage critically with the biomedical model of health in order to broaden and deepen their understanding of what constitutes health. Topics explored in this minor include, for example, the relationship between health and inequality, the gendered impacts of violence on men and women, childbirth in society, mental health, and the global AIDS epidemic. In all courses students will be challenged to consider the implications of a critical gender analysis of health for health care delivery, the health care professions, health policy domestically and transnationally, and the meaning of health itself.


Five courses totaling at least 15 credits.

  1. Required foundational course: WS 220 Perspectives in Women’s Health (3 credits)
  2. Four electives that focus on gender and health.
    No more than two courses can be at the 200-level.
    At least one course must be at the 400 level.
    of these courses above
    at least one course must be a seminar.
    at least one course must be from a transnational, global, or historical perspective.
    (A single course may satisfy more than one of these requirements).

Worksheet for Gender and Health Minor

PLEASE NOTE. Students may not use more than one course to meet both the requirements of a minor and a major. 

TO DECLARE: A student may declare a minor only after a major has been declared.  

Students interested in declaring or learning more about Women's Studies minors (as well as the Gender & Health major or Women's Studies major), must first attend an Information Session, held on the following dates: Wed. Jan. 24, 4:30-5:15pm, Monday, Feb. 19, 3:15-4:00pm, Wed. March 14, 4:30-5:15pm, and Monday, April 2, 3:15-4:00pm. Sign up for an information session on the advising calendar

WALK-IN ADVISING is held on Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm  in 1122 Lane Hall when classes are in session.

For a list of courses that meet minor requirements, please see the buttons at the top of this page.