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.