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LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ health as clinical practice

Traditional medical education and training have not focused on the health care needs of LGBTQ individuals, which is a much-needed topic given the numerous health disparities experienced by this population. The diverse subgroups in the LGBTQ community have been largely stigmatized in many areas of life, which leads to poor health outcomes and avoidance of medical treatment. These courses seek to bridge the gap in traditional medical education to help primary care physicians, specialists, and other health care professionals, who work with LGBTQ patients, to provide gender-sensitive and inclusive care.

What You'll Learn

  • Distinguish the differences between sex, gender and sexual orientation
  • Become more fluent in the terminology and vocabulary utilized by the LGBTQ community
  • Examine the detrimental effects of stigma and particularly, the devastating effects of multiple stigmatized identities on health
  • Analyze the particular needs of the multiple subgroups within the LGBTQ community
  • Help members of this community to find resilience in the face of multiple obstacles

  • Average Length
    2 weeks per course
  • Effort
    1-2 hours per week, per course
  • Number of Courses
    2 courses in program
  • Price (USD)
    $174 for entire program

Courses in the Professional Program

This course focuses on describing and giving contextual information on sex, gender, sexual orientation, identity, gender pronouns, and preferred names used in the LGBTQ community as well as disparities that impact their health.
Starts on January 23, 2018
Become aware of the broad spectrum of LGBTQ health issues and how to provide improved care to patients in the LGBTQ community.
Starts on February 20, 2018


Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Harvard Medical School; Director, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, Public & Community Psychiatry Curriculum Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Director, The National LGBT Health Education Center; Director, Division of Education and Training, The Fenway Institute
Jen Manion, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of History, Amherst College
Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Center for AIDS Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Iman Berrahou
MD Candidate, Class of 2018, Harvard Medical School
Michal McDowell, MPH
MD Candidate, Class of 2018, Harvard Medical School
Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital
AndreAs Neumann-Mascis, PhD
Founder, The Meeting Point
Jennifer Potter, MD
Professor of Medicine and Advisory Dean and Director of the William B. Castle Society at Harvard Medical School.; Co-Chair and Director of the LGBT Population Health Program at The Fenway Institute
Sari L. Reisner, ScD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Harvard Medical School; Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics; Boston Children’s Hospital
Carl G. Streed, Jr, MD
Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will each course take?

Each course should take approximately 1 hour to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once. You may come back as often as you would like.

How long will this course be available?

Each self-paced course will end one year after its start date.

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