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Human Sexuality

Break Barriers with an Education in Human Sexuality and Gender Health

From the workplace to community gatherings, there is a growing realization in our country and around the world regarding the importance of better understanding sexual and gender health. The College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota is proud to partner with the Medical School’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Health to provide a number of educational opportunities—including a master’s degree and two graduate certificates—to examine this vital area of community and individual health and wellness.

Each of our programs was designed to help students better understand the issues surrounding human sexuality, gender roles, and sexual behavior as they each relate to health care, social sciences, biological sciences, and culture.

Sexual Health, Master of Professional Studies

The Master of Professional Studies in Sexual Health is designed to help current and aspiring sex therapists, educators, and related professionals gain a deeper understanding of the personal, sociocultural, and biological foundations of sexual health. Built on two stackable graduate-level certificates—Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy—as well as six elective credits, this program provides education that is also approved for CE credits toward the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certification and renewal. Curriculum covers everything from sexual intimacy to relationship therapy to give students up-to-date, evidence-based insights into sexual health.

Program Snapshot

30

credit hours, 100% online

Built from curriculum in two graduate certificates—Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy

Can be applied to AASECT certification and renewal CE

Courses can cover human sexuality foundations, sexual pleasure, sexual health education, health care for transgender and gender-diverse adults, and more.

Human Sexuality, Graduate Certificate

Whether you work in the field of human sexuality or simply in a typical business environment, the Human Sexuality graduate certificate program can help provide a valuable edge for your career prospects. Sexuality is simply part of the human condition. A better understanding of it leads to a better self-awareness as well as a better understanding of how sexuality affects others all around you throughout society.

Program Snapshot

12

credit hours

100% online

Can be applied to AASECT Sexuality Educator certification requirements

Courses can cover human sexuality foundations, health care for transgender and gender-diverse adults, current policy, sexual health perspectives, and sexual functioning.

Sex Therapy, Certificate

The Sex Therapy graduate certificate program addresses sexuality and sexual health regarding mental health concerns in sexual function, identity, pleasure and intimacy, and romantic relationships. This certificate program is fully online to help licensed and certified mental health practitioners gain deeper insights into this critical element of the human dynamic. Each course counts toward the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Core Knowledge Areas and meets requirements for CE credits. Plus, coursework may be applied as a stackable credential toward the Master of Professional Studies in Sexual Health.

Program Snapshot

12

credit hours, 100% online

Stackable credential can be applied to an MPS in Sexual Health

Meets requirements for AASECT CE

Courses cover relationship therapy, sexual trauma, trauma-informed care, sexual functioning, and more.

Transgender and gender diverse health, Certificate

Providers who are competent in transgender and gender diverse health and who can deliver gender-affirming care are more in demand than ever. This professionally focused graduate credential will complement your current or future positions in health care, patient advocacy, education, or other health-related fields.

Graduate students in related fields such as nursing, social work, family science, psychology, and those pursuing professional degrees in medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry will benefit from adding a layer of knowledge in  transgender health care to their degree.

The Transgender and Gender Diverse Health certificate is a fully online graduate credential developed in partnership with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

It features:

• specialized expertise to complement allied licenses
• faculty who are practitioners working at the cutting edge of transgender and gender diverse health
• projects that apply to real-life considerations in health for transgender and gender diverse populations
• an intersectional and decolonizing lens
• a diverse and inclusive student environment

Program Snapshot

12

credit hours, 100% online

Stackable credential can be applied to an MPS in Sexual Health

It’s focused. Our curriculum was developed with faculty from the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health which seeks to promote the well-being of all people across the gender spectrum.

It’s a career booster. Learn up-to-date, evidence-based practices in transgender and gender diverse health to enhance your ability to provide health care and education.

Steve Wicks, Enrollment Advisor
Together, we’ll go over your options, answer questions, and help you get off to the right start.

Advance Your Understanding of Human Sexuality

A healthy understanding of human sexuality through one of these graduate programs can help you better relate to others and the human condition.

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