COVID-19 Updates:

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others (video chatting, text messages, remember 6 feet of space!). Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.


50th anniversary logoUpdate on PHS' gala: Benefit with Friends 

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Program in Human Sexuality is postponing its gala that was scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020. The new date for the 50th anniversary gala is Thursday, September 10th, 2020. Please mark your calendars! We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 10th!

Please email with any questions. 


research team

We have a strong research agenda in HIV prevention, sexual aggression and compulsive sexual behavior, transgender health, and women’s sexual health. Our research is supported by millions of dollars in state and federal funding. We have developed innovative and effective treatment approaches to sexual problems. 


Nic Rider, PhD

We serve individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds and ages. No referral needed.

Appointments: 612-625-1500
Monday-Thursday: 8 AM–4:30 PM*
Friday: 8 AM–4:15 PM

*This is a temporary reduction in clinic hours as a result of COVID-19. Clients can message their provider 24/7 on MyChart.

Education & Training


The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) provides education in human sexuality in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the Medical School, the University of Minnesota, and the wider community.


Person advocating

Comprehensive sexual health cannot be achieved without comprehensive sexual rights. Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) faculty work to raise awareness of sexual rights as an inherent part of universal human rights based on freedom, dignity, and equality.

Letters from the Chair in Sexual Health

Eli Coleman, PhD

A Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health

by Eli Coleman, PhD

This was another amazing year for the Program in Human Sexuality. We have welcomed new postdocs, faculty, and staff. There has been a significant increase in new grants; an impressive number of publications, presentations, and awards; completion of our first cohort with their certificate in human sexuality, and accomplishments in our advocacy efforts. We continue to change the lives of our clients through compassionate, sex positive care. The list goes on.