Medicine and Gender


The Graduate Certificate in Medicine and Gender offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on topics of gender-specific medicine. Recently, there has been an increased awareness that gender-specific issues influence women's and men's health more broadly and with a higher impact than previously recognized. These differences are not limited to reproductive health, but extend to almost every other organ and tissue. Students will learn about common medical issues discussed in a gender context. Since females have been traditionally excluded from clinical trials, most of the available medical knowledge applies to men accurately but not to women.Over the past two decades, inclusion of women in clinical trials and the mandated testing of drugs on females has significantly increased the available knowledge of women's health. Data are also accumulating that show significant differences in male and female biology, physiology and drug pharmacology in almost every body organ and tissue.

Prospective students: This certificate is intended for all students interested in women's health or gender-specific health issues. It is also intended for medical residents, health science professionals, and students who are not yet committed to pursuing a graduate degree. It is anticipated that some students will apply for master's or Ph.D. degrees offered by USF's Health Science Center.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered on the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A two to three page essay. Contact department for additional information.


None are required.


10 to 13 credit hours. There are 6 credit hours of required coursework:

  • GMS 7930 - Medicine and Gender (3)
  • GMS 7930 - Physiobiology of Aging: Why do we live longer


There are 4 to 7 credit hours of elective coursework:

  • GMS 6334 - Pathobiology of Human Cancer* (3)
  • GMS 7930 - Women and Diabetes: Molecular Insights* (3)
  • BCH 6935 - Scientific Writing and Ethics (2)
  • BCH 6411 - Biomedical Genomics & Genetics (4)
  • GMS 7930 - Current Topics in women's Health (3)
  • GMS 7910 - Directed Research (Women's Health) (3)
  • PHC 6532 - Women's Health Issues (3)

*Strongly encouraged, can be substituted for Physiobiology of Aging

Time Limit

Two years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are not required for admission to the certificate but the GRE is required for admission to a graduate degree program. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Dr. Mark McLean
send email

Amal Hakki
send email

Graduate Certificates
send email

Department Website