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    Oct 23, 2019  
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BIOL053 PO - Intersections between Biology and Ethics in Public Health

When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2019.
Instructor(s): S. Stranford
Credit: 1

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the discussion of public health. We will focus on the biology behind dilemmas of human health and disease, alongside the salient social and ethical underpinnings of these issues. This course will cover a range of complex and sometimes controversial public health topics, depending on student interest. Topics might include: the rise in chronic diseases and associated health disparities; the hazards and benefits of vaccination programs; obesity, food policy, nutrition, and preventative medicine; environmental conditions impacting the incidence of allergic, autoimmune and malignant diseases; epigenetic regulation of health and vulnerable populations; and the social justice of patient access to medications, medical interventions or clinical trials. Selected topics will be scrutinized through both a scientific and an ethical or social lens, with attention to the intersections and tensions presented by these differing perspectives. Prerequisites: BIOL 040 PO . Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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