University of Minnesota

Sexuality Matters Course

The Need for the Sexuality Matters Course

According to the School Health Policies and Practices Study, a national survey conducted by the CDC’s Division of Adolescent School Health, a median total of 17.2 hours is devoted to instruction in HIV, pregnancy and STD prevention in grades K-12. Despite the importance of sexuality education to the health and wellness of young adults, there is inconsistent implementation and it is often one of the first things to be cut when teachers have so much to cover in so little time. The result is a generation of young people who are lacking the knowledge and skills to make healthy sexual decisions.

Educating Students to Increase Health and Wellness

Sexuality influences many areas of a person’s life. The impact of an unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection, unhealthy relationship, or low self-esteem can all affect mental health, academic performance, and retention. This course provides tools to increase student health and wellness and support students in being productive, contributing members within their campus communities and greater society.

An example of a video from the course.

Lesson Topics:

  • Sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Expressing Sexuality
  • Sexual Pleasure
  • Safer Sex
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Pregnancy Options
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Communication and Consent
  • Sexual Violence
  • Advocacy
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  • Last modified on January 5, 2016