Topics in LGBTQ+ Health

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Course DatesMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
July 15, 2019 - August 02, 20197/15 - 8/02M-F 12:15P-3:05POpenJackson McMahon

Course Description

LGBTQ+ health is a poorly understood and often understudied topic in health care and health research. This course aims to give students a deeper understanding of a range of LGBTQ+ health topics in order to give students the ability to participate in a more nuanced conversation about LGBTQ+ health. Some major topics that will be covered include intersex health, mental health, the inclusion of “gender dysphoria” in the DSM-V, HIV and other STIs, regulations regarding the transition process for trans individuals, violence against gender and sexual minorities, interactions with healthcare providers, and general access to healthcare. This course will prepare students for further study in LGBTQ+ health by giving them the necessary vocabulary and an introduction to a wide range of relevant topics.

Class will consist of a mix of lecture and discussion. Outside of class, students will be expected to do assigned readings. By the end of the course, students will complete a research paper on a topic of their choice and will also do a presentation on this topic. Students will have time to work on their paper in class, to receive guidance from the instructor. They will also be expected to dedicate some time outside of class to complete the research paper.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

-Write a first-year college level paper on a relevant topic of their choice. This course aims to help students achieve this level of writing in order to help them with future essays.
-Give a professional presentation based on their research. Public speaking is an important skill and this will allow students the opportunity to practice using a topic they are passionate about.
-Engage in a nuanced discussion of LGBTQ+ health so that they are able to better participate in the current conversations around them.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of LGBTQ+ topics, or healthcare in general, is required. This class may be better for older students (15+) because of the nature of the topics and personal nature of some of the content. Completion of at least a year of high school level writing is recommended so that students are able to think conceptually about how to craft a well-written research paper.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPC0901
  • Length: 3 weeks

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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