LGBTQ Health Studies (CERT)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2023–Spring 2024 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Certificate in LGBTQ Health Studies
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Academic Plan Code(s): LGBTCET

Program Information

The expansion of health care in the United States and increased awareness of LGBTQ populations have created a need for anyone working in the field of health care (as a practitioner, an administrator, an insurer, or a non-profit)  to understand the specific health care needs of LGBTQ persons and common biases against them. This undergraduate certificate program provides students with knowledge about the unique healthcare needs of LGBTQ populations and the past and ongoing discrimination they face in society and the healthcare field.

The certificate requires 15 credit hours of coursework. Nine (9) hours are required, core coursework and six (6) are elective coursework. The required courses are taught by Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGST) faculty and Philosophy (PHIL) faculty. Elective courses are taught by faculty in Communication, Philosophy, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Admission Requirements

This is a certificate program for undergraduate students who are already enrolled at UofL. Thus, admission, retention and completion standards are those of the larger University.  

Students must be enrolled at the undergraduate level at UofL and be in good standing to be enrolled in the certificate program.

Program Requirements

Core Coursework
WGST 301Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
WGST 302LGBTQ and Applied Healthcare3
PHIL 325Feminist Medical Ethics - D1, AH3
Select two of the following:6
Sociology of Women's Health
Feminist Philosophy - D1, AH
Women's Health Issues - D1, SB
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences (Transgender Studies)
Health and Social Justice
Mental Health and Illness
Sociology of Aging - CUE
Health Communication - CUE, WR
Minimum Total Hours15

At least three (3) semester hours of the requirements for a certificate must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville.