Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education

Joycelyn Elders

In 2014, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, MD, teamed up with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (then, the Program in Human Sexuality) at the University of Minnesota Medical School to advance comprehensive science-based sexual health education by creating the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education. Together, we will help to change the direction of sexual health in this country and around the world.

By establishing the Elders Chair, the Institute is working to create comprehensive life-long sexual education curricula, to increase the number of health care providers trained in sexual health care, and to expand scientific research in sexuality education. The Institute has established a fully online Master of Professional Studies in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota, open to all qualified graduates from any country.

Sexual health education is about more than disease and preventing pregnancy, as we work to promote sexual health throughout every stage of human life, from adolescence through adulthood and beyond. The Institute has proven success in educating medical professionals, sexual behavior research, and advocating for science-based public policy. Through the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education, we will build on our strengths to advance sexual health education:

  • Improve education for health care educators and providers
  • Creation of comprehensive life-long sexuality education curriculums
  • Promote public policy supporting science-based sexuality education
  • Expand scientific research in sexuality education

Current Chair

Dr. Kristen Mark

Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH, CSE is a sex and relationship researcher and educator. She is affiliate faculty at the Kinsey Institute with a national and international reputation as a sexual scientist and educator. Her research program centers around sexual well-being, specifically the maintenance of sexual and relationship satisfaction and sexual desire in long-term relationships, sexual function and dysfunction, sexual trauma, and sexual desire discrepancy.