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PUH 210. Biological Basis of Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course will consist of lectures and in-class active-learning activities centered on deepening the students’ understanding of the fundamental biological concepts with an emphasis on significant public health problems. Each major system will be presented first as normal physiology, then, how genetics and/or specific exposures (voluntary and involuntary) contribute to diseases of public health significance. Examples may include genetics/genomics with cancer and disease susceptibility; the immune system and infectious diseases; respiratory system with asthma; the nervous system with pesticide exposure; the reproductive system, STIs and reduced fertility; and, fetal development with drug addiction. The relevance for the biological basis of public health will be underscored through a major assignment in which the student will research a current issue in public health, thoroughly explain the biological basis of the condition, identify factors (genetic and non-genetic) that may contribute to the problem, and finally propose interventions (behavior choices, genetic counseling, policy, avoiding or limiting exposures, etc.) that could lead to improvements in public health.
Prerequisites: BY 115 [Min Grade: C] or (BY 101 [Min Grade: C] and BY 102 [Min Grade: C]) or BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

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