Public Health and Pathophysiology of Nutritionally Related Diseases (A)

Spring 2021
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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In this 4-credit upper division course, students will learn how nutritionally-related diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity) manifest in individuals, and how the unequal distribution and severity of these diseases can be understood by examining societal-level forces including socioeconomics, healthcare, and racism.  Principles of human physiology, pathophysiology (development of disease), and introductory qualitative and quantitative epidemiology will be covered.  At the individual level, the influences of carbohydrate, fat, and protein intake, as well as exercise, sleep and stress levels will be examined, and how these cause the pathologic changes seen with these disease. A social epidemiological framework will expand on these individual-level biomedical and behavioral factors to include a broader consideration of the physical, political, and social environments that influence individuals' health outcomes. Weekly readings, recorded lectures and homework assignments will be accompanied by once weekly synchronous Zoom gatherings to go over questions, implications, and applications of the material, and to build community.  

To successfully complete this program, students should have access to a computer, internet for synchronous activities, and access to Canvas. Students should expect to participate in 3 hours of synchronous meetings per week using Zoom in Canvas. All lectures, assignments, and learning materials will be posted to Canvas, in the event a student is unable to attend the synchronous activities for any reason.


Section A: Mondays, 10am -1pm

Section B: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm



Students need to have a foundation in college-level biology and/or human physiology, including familiarity with a systems-level understanding of human physiology (ie gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system).

Spring 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

(4): 30177

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

biology, public health, nutrition, health sciences, health care, sociology, teaching.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Upper Division Science Credit

Upper-division science credit may be awarded in nutrition, epidemiology and public health, upon completion of the class. Upper-division credits will be given for upper-division work at the discretion of the faculty.


Time Offered
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First Meeting