Principles of Evolutionary Medicine
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Why is the human body, an instrument of such ingenious construction, so full of flaws and frailties that give rise to disease? If evolution can develop sophisticated mechanisms such as the eye, the heart, and the brain, then why hasn't it developed ways to prevent nearsightedness, heart attacks, and Alzheimer's disease? Evolutionary Medicine seeks to answer such questions by applying evolutionary thinking to medical problems. This introductory course will examine the evolutionary principles underlying susceptibility to disease and apply them to modern disease states. Classes will combine video lectures, online group workshops, online group discussions of seminar materials, and a journal club. Upon completion, students will have proficiency in the foundational concepts of Evolutionary Medicine and competency in applying such concepts to current medical problems.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Prior study in evolutionary biology, human anatomy, and human physiology is expected but not required.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Weekend
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 10:00 am
Located in: Olympia