Purpose: The purpose of this curricular unit is to facilitate uptake and enhance the educational impact of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health casebook, What a Difference Sex and Gender Make, in post-secondary instructional settings. This curriculum is designed to help students understand concepts of sex and gender, why they are important in health research, and how to use sex and gender to make a difference in both research and the real-world.

Audiences: This curricular unit has been designed to be applicable to students at undergraduate and graduate levels of study and across disciplines. To address a broad range of learning needs, the curriculum comprises five parts that may be used as a complete unit or sectioned off into smaller modules as appropriate.

Adaptations and modifications: We understand that to address specific learning needs this curriculum may require tailoring by instructors. Tailoring of content is supported by the “notes” field of this PowerPoint which provides: (1) explanatory details about how to conduct the activities outlined in the curriculum (labelled: Instructional Notes); and (2) expanded content for use as needed (labeled: Content Notes).

We invite instructors to adapt the curriculum as needed while keeping in mind the following:

•Any modifications should remain true to the content of the curriculum and the casebook, and be scientifically accurate. When in doubt, please contact CIHR-IGH for guidance.
•All uses of the curriculum must be consistent with the mission and values of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/8673.html).



Section 1 – Concepts: Defining Terms and Checking Assumptions

Learning Objective: Develop capacity to critically appraise the concepts of sex and gender.

Section 2 – Examples: Challenges and Benefits in Contemporary Health Research

Learning Objective: Gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of integrating gender and sex in health research

Section 3 – Strategies: Incorporating Concepts into Research Design

Learning Objective: Identify research design strategies to account for gender and sex

Section 4 – Action: Translating Gender, Sex and Health Research into the “Real World”

Appreciate the real-world benefits (and consequences) of including (or not including) sex and gender in health research

Section 5 – Application: Putting the Casebook into Research Practice

Learning Objective: Apply a sex and gender lens to solve problems in research and in the “real-world”

Source Information:

Please contact the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health to indicate how you are using the curriculum or share your recommendations for improving the unit. To learn more, visit us at CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.

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