The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health Online Course, The Basic Science and the Biological Basis for Sex- and Gender-Related Differences, is designed to provide a basic scientific understanding of the major physiological differences between the sexes, the influences these differences have on health, disease outcomes, and the implications for policy, medical research, and health care.

Presented in six 1-hour lessons for which continuing education credit is awarded upon successful completion of the entire course from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Learning Objectives:

  • Contrast and compare key regulatory U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policies significant to inclusion of women in clinical research and human subject protection.
  •  Evaluate the appropriateness of the design and analysis of preclinical and clinical research studies to detect and quantify potential sex and gender differences.
  • Describe the scientific basis of known sex and gender differences.
  • Identify known sex and gender differences with regard to diseases, and differences in response to or effects of drugs and other medical interventions in the treatment and management of these conditions.

Course Topics:

Lesson 1  Understanding the Importance of Sex and Gender in Biomedical Research
Lesson 2  Legislative Process Framework
Lesson 3  Cell Physiology
Lesson 4  Developmental Biology
Lesson 5  Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics
Lesson 6  Clinical Applications of Genomics

To access the course, and register for participation, go to: Sex and Gender 

The course is a collaborative effort between the Office of Research on Women’s Health, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Office of Women’s Health, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH, and Kathleen Uhl, M.D., Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health, Director, Office of Women’s Health,