Designed to accommodate working professionals, our hybrid model combines online and on-campus instruction to offer flexibility while still maintaining the face-to-face learning experience. Courses are interactive, inclusive, and applied in nature. Most of the online class content is asynchronous. That is, students can complete discussion boards, readings, videos, and other course assignments on their own time. Some classes also include a limited number of synchronous online meetings in the style of a webinar. Those synchronous meetings are recorded for students who are not able to attend live.

Required Courses (18 Credits)

Students complete three, three-credit courses in psychological health, multidisciplinary health, and health policy issues, respectively, specific to LGBT persons. These occur at the start of the program.  This allows students to understand and contemplate the inter-relatedness of issues and helps percolate ideas about solutions to challenges and ideas for a fourth, three-credit capstone project. This mentored course is completed in the field and involves the creation and implementation of an applied, real-world project.

Course Name Description / Topics Credits When
Multi-disciplinary Approaches to LGBT Health and Well-being (6201) Access to health care, stigma, HIV, cancer, eating disorders, models of stress and illness. Click here for more details. 3.0 Summer
LGBT Health Policy (6203) Foundations of health policy, history of LGBT policy, recent LGBT policy and law. Click here for more details. 3.0 Summer
LGBT Mental Health (6202) Psychology of minority status, stigma, orientation and identity formation, access to care. Click here for more details. 3.0 Fall
LGBT Health Capstone Project (6211) Students design and implement an innovation to improve LGBT health care. Click here for more details. 3.0 Spring

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

In the spring and fall semesters, we offer two-credit special topics elective courses on up-to-the-moment critical issues. Instruction occurs in-person during the 4-day residency at the beginning of the spring semester, and online throughout the rest of the semester.  Instruction during the fall semester is entirely online. Alternately, students may take approved courses in other departments and programs at GWU that focus on LBGT and/or minority health topics. NOTE: We are not always able to offer all elective courses each academic year. Please check with our office for updates on which electives are scheduled to be offered for a given semester. Under-enrolled courses are subject to cancellation by the university.

Course Name Description / Topics Credits When
Transgender Health (PSYD 6221-10)

Provides a foundational conceptual understanding of core trans health issues, in their multi-faceted complexity and their physical health, mental health, and policy/care systems dimensions. 

2.0 - 3.0 Fall
LGBT Youth and Adolescence (PSYD 6221-12)

Provides a foundation in the health and psycho-social issues that face youth with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities/expression. We will examine approaches for intervening and interacting with LGBT youth populations, discuss cultural humility and linguistic competence in care settings, and consider improvements to the health and well-being of LGBT children and youth along with those questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

2.0 - 3.0 Spring

Health of Sexual Minority Men (PSYD 6221- DE)

Introduction to the health of sexual minority men, including mental health, alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted diseases, syndemic production, aging, social discrimination, violence victimization and child sexual abuse, and optimizing and obtaining culturally competent health care. 2.0 - 3.0 Fall

Rural LGBT Health (PSYD 6221- DE1)

Provides an intersectional analysis of health care barriers encountered across the lifespan by LGBT individuals living in rural communities.  This course examines how a rural context can affect human development and understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. 
2.0 - 3.0 Fall

Lesbian Health

Provides an intersectional analysis of health care barriers encountered across the lifespan by Lesbians. We will examine how claiming a lesbian identity can affect human development exploring lesbian themes of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
2.0 - 3.0 Spring
International LGBT Health Examines key elements influencing global health policy related to LGBT populations. Will demonstrate the nature of change in health policy priorities and the fundamental influences driving such change, including political commitment, single-country agendas, multi-stakeholder partnerships and how the interplay of multiple factors impact the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals by country and region.  2.0 - 3.0 Spring
Approved graduate courses at George Washington University, see list below Courses in LGBT issues and/or health care for minority or underserved populations 3.0 Varies

Other Graduate Elective Courses

Students may opt to take elective courses within their area of study from pre-approved existing courses at other GW schools and departments, such as Public Health, Nursing, Professional Psychology, Education, Sociology, Psychology, Medicine, Law, Public Policy, and in the humanities. These on-site elective courses may be double-applied as required courses for masters and doctoral programs. Alternately, students may request approval for other GW courses not listed below to apply as elective credit.

Approved Elective Courses from Other Departments

PSYC 8236  Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Psychology.  Basic theoretical models of research in ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity and new directions in the field. The impact of being an ethnic minority in the United States. 3.0 Credits

PSYC 8275/WSGG 8275  Women and Health.  Theoretical and empirical analyses of women's health: how women's health is constructed by medical, psychological, and critical theorists; how sexism, racism, and classism contribute to women's health problems; and identification of conditions that lead to optimal health and well-being. 3.0 Credits

PSYD 8270.14  Cross-Cultural Clinical Psychology.  A critical analysis and understanding of the fundamental concepts, values, perspectives, and strategies of cross-cultural psychology, which focuses on understanding human behavior in its socio-cultural context. With the perspective that psychological processes can be compared for similarities and differences across cultures, as well as analyzed in their “indigenous” designs. This perspective proposes that the psyche has both universal and culture-specific segments. With this understanding, many psychological issues may be culture-specific and not simply universal. 1.0-3.0 Credits

PUBH 6099.17  Designing and Evaluating HIV Prevention Programs.  Students will analyze current HIV prevention programs with an understanding the many interpretations of what a successful program is. In addition, the focus of this course is to understand the multi-faceted complexity involved in a successful program. Analyzing the intersectionality of socio-economic status, race, religious, cultural, gender, sexuality, along with many others in order to design the most comprehensive HIV prevention programs. 1.0-3.0 Credits

PUBH 6514.10  Preventing Health Disparities.  Critical evaluation of the current issues in racial and ethnic Issues in health care. Introduces students to differences and disparities in the access, use, and health outcomes of health care in the US. 2.0 Credits

WSGG 3170.12  Sexuality and the Law.  This course will explore the ways in which the law has affected individuals ability express their sexuality. The primary focus will be on sexual orientation and issues such as marriage, adoption, voting rights, sexual harassment, and military service. 3.0 Credits