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Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

Drexel University Online, a premier provider of Internet‐based higher education, and the Drexel University School of Public Health are pleased to offer the Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health.

“Drexel University’s LGBT Health certificate program has a strong emphasis placed on understanding the complex ethical considerations involved in the study of LGBT populations,” said Dr. Marla J. Gold, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health. “Our new certificate is one of the many ways we are contributing to the critically important field of public health.”

The LGBT Health certificate is intended for graduate students and practicing healthcare professionals who wish to better understand and address health issues specific to various and diverse LGBT populations. Through this intensive series of online graduate level courses, participants will gain advanced training in the research, sampling and measurement methodologies used to investigate LGBT health and health disparities.

Randall Sell“Public health experts are just starting to uncover the diverse set of issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and they are developing the tools necessary to study these populations effectively,” said Dr. Randall Sell, ScD (pictured left), an associate professor in the Department of Community Health & Prevention at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

"The methods and concepts used in the practice of public health research, including programming and program evaluations, must often be modified in order to apply to rare, stigmatized and/or hidden groups.

“The certificate will enhance students' knowledge of these concepts and explore how such methods can be adapted most effectively in practice with LGBT people and others,” said Dr. Sell.

"The online LGBT certificate program is led by Dr. Sell, whose most recent work has focused on critically examining demographic variables. This work originated in Dr. Sell's research on defining and measuring sexual orientations and sampling sexual minorities for public health research. The certificate program and the Program for LGBT Health at Drexel University are based in the Department Community Health & Prevention at the School of Public Health.

The certificate is available starting this fall and is taught by nationally‐recognized faculty from the School of Public Health. For more information on this program or to enroll, please visit