Health care is rapidly evolving and people who are knowledgeable about health and health care will be in high demand nationally and internationally. Upon completion of this minor, students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically about and understand the complex intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in relation to health, illness, health care, and social justice, and to assist individuals and communities to better understand the personal, social, and environmental factors that influence health-related behaviors and disparities.

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and theoretical understandings through an internship, research presentation, or creative scholarship. All students in the minor are evaluated through a public presentation and are required to create a poster that summarizes and defines the individual learning outcomes of their capstone experience. Posters are assessed by the supervising faculty member and other Department of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) faculty at one of these events: the University of Iowa Undergraduate Research Festivals (fall or spring) or the annual GWSS Senior Research Poster Presentation (spring).

The minor in gender, health, and healthcare equity requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in course work, including at least 12 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work for the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Students earning a GWSS major also may earn the minor; however, no more than 6 s.h. of work in GWSS courses can be counted toward the minor. Students may not include the capstone course toward the 6 s.h.

The minor requires the following course work.

Core Course3
History: Social Movements Course3-4
Human Rights, Diversity, and Ethics Course3-4
Health Equity Course3
Capstone Course1-3

Core Course

One of these:
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S.3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
SOC:1022/SSW:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
SOC:1119/HIST:1119Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3

History: Social Movements

One of these:
GWSS:4283/AMST:4283/HIST:4283/HRTS:4283U.S. Women's History as the History of Human Rights3-4
AFAM:3500/RELS:3808Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3
COMM:2054Movements, Protest, Resistance3
HIST:3232History of American Inequality3
HIST:4100Historical Background of Contemporary Issues (when topic is history of inequality in the U.S.)3
HIST:4252American Labor in the Twentieth Century3-4
HIST:4260The Sixties in America3
HIST:4266The New Deal: Political Response to Economic Crisis in the United States, 1920-19403
SOC:4540Political Sociology and Social Movements3

Human Rights, Diversity, and Ethics

One of these:
GWSS:3005Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Practicum3-4
CRIM:3416Race, Crime, and Justice3
GWSS:3157/HIST:3157Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3
HIST:4101History of Human Rights3
PHIL:3430Philosophy of Human Rights3
SSW:3847Discrimination, Oppression, and Diversity3

Health Equity

One of these:
GWSS:2700Transgender People, Politics, and Cultures3
GWSS:3177/NURS:3739Women and Their Bodies in Health and Illness3
GWSS:3326/GHS:3327The Politics of Progress: NGOs, Development, and Sexuality3
GWSS:3610/ASP:3610/RHET:3610Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice3
GWSS:4140/ANTH:4140/CBH:4140/GHS:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
GHS:3070/GEOG:3070Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food3
GHS:4600Global Health and Human Rights3
HHP:3000/INTD:3020Equity Issues in the Health Sciences3

Capstone Course

Students who choose to take CCP:1005 for 0 s.h. must register for 1-3 s.h. in GWSS:3990 for the credit necessary to satisfy the minimum semester hours required for the minor. In GWSS:3990, students work with an advisor to conceptualize and create a research poster.

One of these:
GWSS:3990Independent Readings and Research in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:4090Senior Research Seminar3
CCP:1005 & GWSS:3990Internship in Liberal Arts and Sciences - Independent Readings and Research in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (students must enroll in both courses; consult advisor)1-3