Health and Intimacy Studies is a unique, independent and freestanding academic and scientific discipline that studies, examines and researches all aspects and manifestations of how humans behave sexually at a most basic level, both historically and culturally.
When studying, examining and researching what humans and other animals do sexually, sexology classifies what is like and what is dislike, i.e. the emic and etic. Health and Intimacy Studies examines what is understood to be “normal” healthy, positive and legal sexual behavior in these contexts and compares, contrasts and analyzes it in light of what is “normative” sexual behavior.
Health and Intimacy Studies also includes examining the biology, physiology, endocrinology and evolution of human and other primate sexual behavior. The range of examination includes but is not limited to everything from how humans become sexually aroused physiologically and hormonally, the interplay of sexuality and evolution, and, the intricacies of the socio-sexual response cycle. The academic and scientific discipline of sexology cross pollinates not only with the aforementioned sciences but also the political, social, class, religious, educational and other social-cultural constructs, mores and values that influence how humans express and manifest sexuality. To complete its context, Health and Intimacy Studies also compares and contrasts human sexual expression to that of other primates and less complex animals. A more in-depth look at Health and Intimacy Studies and the profession of Sexologists can be found in Appendix A of this catalogue.
The Community Health & Sexual Trauma Recovery Studies Program’s purpose is to provide the student with the knowledge, skill and ability to identify, describe and explain to others, basic information on the topics of human sexual anatomy, physiology and endocrinology and related health issues. Students are able to identify, describe and explain the broad spectrum of human sexual expression and sexual health issues related to aging, disability, and sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Legal and ethical issues, the history of Community Health & Sexual Trauma Recovery Studies and the basic research methods and analytical tools used are addressed.
Students learn to identify describe, and explain what is considered normal trans-historically and trans-culturally, and what is actually statistically normative sexually in the human population. The integration of social, cultural, religious, legal and medical institutions and constructs are examined and students can identify, describe and explain their effect upon human sexual expression through this program.
The program also teaches students to categorize and compare various manifestations of human sexuality from the perspective of like and dislike, emic and etic. Professionals who are asked questions of a sexual nature, or who interact with human sexual behaviors gain broad-based, basic knowledge, skill, and experience on the subject. Teachers, counselors, social workers, mental and physical health professionals, legal and law enforcement professionals, pastors, rabbis, priests, and other spiritual and community leaders can learn to address the subject from a non-judgmental perspective, identify the issues, and be able to provide accurate information and make a referral if necessary.