GLHLTH 304: Evolutionary Medicine and Global Health

Fall 2022

Instructor: Charlie Nunn

This course covers evolutionary approaches to understanding human health at a global scale. Students will integrate evolutionary thinking and medical science to investigate new insights into a wide array of medical issues including obesity, cancer, allergies and mental illness.

Evolutionary perspectives will reveal why some pathogens are more harmful than others, shed light on the origins and spread of infectious diseases in humans, and help in controlling antibiotic resistance. Evolutionary approaches will also provide insights as to why we age and provide solutions to alleviate human health problems that often differ from modern medical practice. The course will place these perspectives in the context of global health challenges.

Assignments will include weekly quizzes, a final exam and a team-based mini-research project.

  • EVANTH 285
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