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Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Certificate

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Providers who are competent in transgender and gender diverse health and who can deliver gender-affirming care are more in demand than ever. This professionally focused graduate credential will complement your current or future positions in health care, patient advocacy, education, or other health-related fields.

Graduate students in related fields such as nursing, social work, family science, psychology, and those pursuing professional degrees in medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry will benefit from adding a layer of knowledge in  transgender health care to their degree.

The Transgender and Gender Diverse Health certificate is a fully online graduate credential developed in partnership with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

It features:

  • specialized expertise to complement allied licenses
  • faculty who are practitioners working at the cutting edge of transgender and gender diverse health
  • projects that apply to real-life considerations in health for transgender and gender diverse populations
  • an intersectional and decolonizing lens
  • a diverse and inclusive student environment

Why Choose the Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Certificate?

What Is a Stackable Credential?

Elective Certificate plus


Sex Therapy OR Transgender Health Certificate

Six Elective Credits equals


Six Elective Credits


Required Courses 12 credits
HSEX 6311 – Health Care for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adults 3
HSEX 6312 – Intersectional and Decolonizing Approaches to Transgender Health 3
HSEX 6313 – Gender Diversity, Sexuality, and Sexual Health 3
HSEX 6314 – Health Care for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents 3
Total 12 credits


Fall Application Deadline: March 15
Spring Application Deadline: October 15

Admission to the Transgender and Gender Diverse Health program is competitive and all applications are reviewed to ensure a good fit for academic success. Notification of admission decisions is made four to six weeks after the application deadline.

We strive to be equitable in the admissions process. Our program thrives with the inclusion of students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically including all components of the application, and does not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact us.

Minimum requirements:

  • bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00*
  • a commitment to the field of transgender and gender diverse health through previous study, work, volunteer service, professional organizational involvement, etc.

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with lower GPA may be considered for the program. Explanation for GPA, and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable, must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances)

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Professional statement: 1−2 pages articulating your career goals as related to the certificate
  • Diversity statement: Optional
  • Extenuating Circumstances statement: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are optional. If you choose to submit them, letters should be solicited from professional contacts who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.

Resume or CV

Submit a current resume or Curriculum Vitae.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee is due on submission.

If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.

  • Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
  • Required IELTS score is 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both writing and reading.
  • Required MELAB score is 84.

How to Register for Graduate-Level Courses BEFORE Being Admitted to a Master’s Degree Program

Follow these steps to register:

  1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students form. Registration for nonadmitted students is not available online.
  2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
  4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

More information can be found on the One Stop page for nonadmitted students.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

Let's Connect

You can learn more about the Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Certificate in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor Steve Wicks is here to help.

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Or you can give Steve a call at 612-301-6127.

Do you have a more detailed question or want to tell us a little bit about yourself before the meeting? Fill out this brief questionnaire.

Meet Steve

Steve works with prospective students who are interested in one of our graduate programs or certificates. He is happy to answer your questions about our degrees, admission requirements, and the application procedure. In his free time, he can usually be found in the woods or on the water, or cheering on all the Wisconsin sports teams.