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Introduction to Gender and Sexuality in a Health Care Setting: Providing Quality Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients

Enrollment for this course is currently closed.

We are currently updating this course. It is provided as a courtesy while being updated, but offers no continuing education credits.


About this Independent Study

This course is in the process of revision. Although it no longer offers Continuing Education Certificates,  a certificate of completion will be provided. 

This is part 1 of a two-part independent study series entitled Clinically Competent and Culturally Proficient Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients.

Note: Part 2 is not available while being revised.

Transgender and gender nonconforming people experience high levels of stigma and discrimination in health care. This course gives people who work in health care settings tools that will allow them to better understand their patients’ needs so they can provide culturally proficient care to transgender and gender nonconforming patients.

As highlighted on the Everyday Feminism website,, the Genderbread person was initially a community effort by trans people created through various conversations. The original credit goes to Cristina González, Vanessa Prell, Jack Rivas, and Jarrod Schwart.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this independent study participants will be able to:

  • Describe sex and gender continuums
  • Define terminology used to describe transgender and gender nonconforming people
  • Identify health disparities experienced by transgender and gender nonconforming people

Who Should Attend

The courses in this series are designed for all staff involved in patient care, in a variety of primary care settings including family planning clinics: physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, medical assistants, nurses, health educators, administrative staff and support staff.


Ginny Cassidy-Brinn, ARNP
Ginny Cassidy-Brinn, is the Clinical Training Manager at Cardea, working to design evidence-based, learner-centered education for clinical providers. She has been a nurse practitioner in the area of reproductive health for over 30 years and has co-authored several books on women’s health care.

Simon Adriane Ellis, CNM, ARNP
Simon Adriane Ellis is a Certified Nurse Midwife. His work on the ACNM’s Gender Bias Task Force has included co-authoring a position statement describing the role of midwives in providing care for transgender and gender variant individuals.

Heather McGuinness, MPH
Heather McGuinness worked on this project as her MPH capstone project. Her background is in sexual health, sex education, and LGBTQ health.

Madeline B. Deutsch, MD, MPH
Madeline B. Deutsch is the Director of Clinical Services at the University of California – San Francisco Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.


It is FREE OF CHARGE to take this course.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction to Gender and Sexuality in a Health Care Setting

Take this one-hour long course to learn tools that will allow you to better understand patients’ needs so you can provide culturally proficient care to transgender and gender nonconforming patients.

2. Evaluation

Complete a course evaluation.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion
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