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This research elective is dedicated to exploring healthcare interventions, healthcare practices, and community-based efforts directly or indirectly impacting LGBTQ+ patients and/or providers. More specifically learners in collaboration with the course director will develop a research question and methods that can be tailored to meet the individual learner's objectives. Projects will be determined with a viable outcome such as conference presentation or article for publication. There will be one-on-one interaction with faculty throughout the elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Matthew Holley (maholley@iu.edu)

Director: Matthew Holley, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis


Learning Objectives

  • By the end of this elective, a learner will be able to:
    1) Describe the impact of enhanced sensitivity to LGBTQ+ patient populations, resulting in more compassionate, efficient healthcare delivery (P1).
    2) Describe the impact of increased knowledge of public health issues/concerns in LGBTQ+ patient populations, resulting in more compassionate, efficient healthcare delivery (P1).
    3) Describe the impact of how their particular research interest results in more compassionate, efficient healthcare delivery (PBLI1).
    4) Explore the literature and research methods investigators use (including research ethics and the Institutional Review Board) (PBLI1).
    5) Articulate the theoretical models that those engaged in LGBTQ+ research use to develop their hypothesis and interventions (PBLI1).
    6) Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based medicine through collaborating with those in healthcare and related areas (ICS1).


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Formative assessment methods will include weekly progress reports (1 per week) and periodic discussions with faculty (at least 2 per monthly elective). Summative assessment methods may include, but are not limited to, the development of a conference proposal submission, annotated bibliography, literature review, and/or manuscript proposal.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science Research

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Matthew Holley (maholley@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None