The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS): Advancing the sexual health of Minnesota, the nation, and the world through preeminence in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy.
Mission: The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) promotes the sexual health of Minnesota, the nation, and the world through preeminence in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy.
Vision: Our vision is to revolutionize the sexual climate by eliminating barriers and advancing healthy sexuality.
PHS is one of the largest clinical, teaching, and research institutions in the world specializing in human sexuality. We have a strong research agenda in sexual aggression and compulsive sexual behavior, transgender health, and women’s sexual health that has been supported by millions of dollars in state and federal funding. We have developed innovative and effective treatment approaches to sexual problems. PHS has led the way nationally and internationally in crucial, often controversial, sexual issues and has worked with local, national, and international health agencies to advance public health policies promoting sexual health.
History: The formation of the program started to take shape June 2-3, 1970, with the first Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) in Minnesota. In 1971 the University of Minnesota Medical School partnered with the Lutheran Church to create PHS and assigned it the task of teaching and conducting research in the field of human sexuality. A medical school curriculum was established that included a SAR with lectures and readings. In 1973, PHS began offering therapeutic and educational services to individuals with sexual dysfunctions and other relationship problems, and in 1977 the program became a unit within the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.