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Measuring Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)

Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
End Date
Friday, May 31, 2024
Class Time(s)
Tu, W, Th, F, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2024
- Do you want to be inclusive of LGBTQ+ populations in your applied public health work, but aren't sure how to get it right? -Do you want to measure sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, but need guidance selecting the right survey items or measurement approaches?
Provides students with knowledge and skills to conceptualize, operationalize, and measure key concepts related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE). Acquaints students with the multitude of sexual and gender identities across geo-cultural contexts, and the critical importance of SOGIE inclusion in public health research and practice. Includes SOGIE-equitable approaches to practical endeavors and intervention activities, such as developing survey questions and response options and patient/participant in-take forms, applied in the context of global public health research and practice.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the diversity of SOGIE categories and the role of socio-cultural factors on identity.
  2. Describe the importance of SOGIE inclusion in public health research and practice.
  3. Analyze different approaches to SOGIE measurement in lieu of contextual factors and constraints.
  4. Apply better practices in SOGIE measurement to public health research (e.g., survey development) and practice (e.g., in-take forms).
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Paper(s)
  • 30% Final Presentation
Enrollment Restriction
This is a graduate level course. Students must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.