Course: Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health

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Course Description

Reading seminar focusing on men's health with particular attention to sexual and reproductive health and healthcare use among adolescents, extending throughout the lifespan. Students will assess the principal health concerns for sexual and reproductive health, the associated population-based risk factors, and the relative impact of each risk factor. Students will critically examine the meaning of masculinity and the impact of masculinity beliefs on men's health and healthcare use. Students will also evaluate strategies to promote population health including the policies and programs or health care delivery that address health concerns and behavior for men's sexual and reproductive health.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explore domestic and international perspectives to identify principle sexual and reproductive health concerns and approaches for men.
  2. Apply masculinity theory, in relation to the socio-ecological and other frameworks, to assess its relative influences on men’s health, and healthcare use.
  3. Assess the principle concerns and relative impacts of associated population-based risk factors affecting sexual and reproductive health and healthcare needs for men across the lifespan.
  4. Consider necessary strategies to promote men’s sexual and reproductive health that address developmentally specific health needs and behaviors across the lifespan.
  5. Evaluate community- and clinic-based intervention studies for men’s sexual and reproductive health needs and their relative population-based risk factors.
  6. Learn about student generated topics of interest related to men’s sexual and reproductive health needs and their relative population-based risk factors.
  7. Evaluate strategies to promote population health including identifying further training needs for medicine and public health, policies, programs, health services, and systems delivery that address sexual and reproductive health and healthcare for men.


Course readings are listed on the Readings page.

Course Requirements

Evaluation is assessed using a number of activity types:

  1. Attendance: One excused absence is allowed. Any additional absences can impact your overall grade (see grading scale below) or be made up (contact course instructor regarding assignment). An excused absence represents approval to miss a class by the instructor after communication by the student with the instructor in advance of the class that will be missed. Multiple missed classes (excused or unexcused) will require make-up. Please communicate with course TA or instructor to learn about make-up assignment(s).
  2. Presentation I (Article Presentations):
    1. Each student will be assigned to lead 10-15 minute discussion on at least 3 papers/readings during Classes 2-6.
    2. Before class, prepare, and post to Class Wiki Page:
      • Summary of key paper points/findings in 3-5 bullets.
      • 2-3 questions to stimulate and facilitate class discussion related to 1) the paper’s findings, or 2) other readings from the current class, prior class sessions, or non-required readings (on the syllabus or from your own literature review) (and share references as appropriate)
  3. Presentation II (Team Presentation):
    1. Students will deliver one class presentation on Session 6 OR Session 7.
    2. Presentations/Presenters should:
      • Critique published research study on men’s sexual or reproductive health topic not emphasized during course, or
      • Communicate to a policy audience the complexity of addressing men’s sexual and reproductive health issues related to a specific topic area, or
      • Present a proposal for program or intervention work related to men’s sexual and reproductive health.
    3. Presentations need to build upon key concepts & content from prior class sessions but not repeat them.
    4. Present for 10 minutes and be prepared for 5 minutes for questions (Presentations will be timed).
    5. Use of a standard presentation approach (e.g., Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, Limitations, and Implications) is recommended. Presentations should include citations for content on each slide as appropriate (with reference on slide or at the end of the slide set).
      • Students have access to the Wiki Page under Course Communication in CoursePlus, titled "Course Assignments" to use as a whiteboard for project activities and to allow other student teams to view access.
      • Topics by students should be uploaded on the wikipage, in the table titled "Final Class Presentation Topics & Teams (Class 6 & 7)" by Class 4.
  4. Participation: Students will demonstrate that they have read all required assigned materials & performed relevant assigned tasks by actively engaging in each class discussion.