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Introduction to Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults

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HSEX 6014

Delivery Method
Fully online
Tuition | Fees

About This Course

Introduction to Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults seeks to define trans health care through a historical, analytical, and concern-based curriculum. The first half of the course will explore the components of sexual identity through an intersectional lens, the systemic marginalization of gender-diverse populations, and the historical pathologization of nonconforming sexual identities in the history of health care.

The second half of this course seeks to define trans health care through a tripartite lens of care preceding and during transition, care for nonconforming people, and health care for trans concerns before analyzing the historicity of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care and relevant ongoing care for gender-diverse patients. Students will engage in a discussion-rich curriculum that focuses on the destabilizing of race-, class-, and gender-centric assumptions surrounding the topics of gender identity, sexual orientation, birth-assigned sex, and gender expression.

They will also complete a number of case studies to critically engage with topics such as broader trans representation, nonbinary health care options, historical advances in trans health, and reproductive justice for trans communities. The course will culminate in a student-directed final project that asks them to reflect on how they might apply this knowledge to their specific career trajectory.


Nic Rider
Nic Rider

Nic Rider is assistant professor and coordinator of the Adult Transgender Health Services Program. They were the first Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality. Dr. Rider’s clinical training includes psychotherapy and assessment experiences in a university counseling center, hospital settings, private practice, community clinic, residential treatment, and juvenile justice settings. Dr. Rider is interested in gender and sexual identity development, intersections of identity, discrimination and microaggressions, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Rider is on the executive board for the Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on LGBTQQ Issues. Dr. Rider received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Howard University.

Katie Spencer
Katie Spencer

Katie Spencer is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, codirector of the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health, and director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Program in Human Sexuality, U of M. Her clinical practice focuses on transgender and gender nonconforming adolescents and adults, women’s sexuality and sexual health, and LGBT sexuality and well-being. She trains therapists and medical providers in sexual health and transgender health care. She is the founder and chair of the Minnesota Transgender Health Insurance Taskforce. Dr. Spencer received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was a postdoctoral fellow in human sexuality at the Program in Human Sexuality.