From the findings, that diseases and disorders are able to affect only women, mainly women or women in different ways than men, the public health sector claims to strengthen the focus on a gender-specific view of women’s and men’s health for more than 10 years. These demands include both increased efforts in research and development and a suitable care of women and men, as well as framework conditions to preserve, improve and recover the health of women and men, because an insufficient understanding about disease processes, how and why they differ between women and men, lead to insufficient or false intervention in prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
Therefore, increased demands of appropriate competences in gender medicine are to be noted in basic science, the different medical fields, as well as in the public health sector and health policy.
Until now, in Europe no comprehensive medical post promotional education about gender-specific medicine was offered, which imparts knowledge about women’s and men’s health according to the bio-psycho-social model of health and illness, as well as gender-sensitive attitudes and clinical skills.
This current requirements and educational demands of the public health system should be met with the development of the university course in gender medicine at the Medical University of Vienna.