Advisory Prerequisites: PUBHLTH200; Introductory course in biology or chemistry
Description: This course provides a foundation of biology and pathophysiology concepts necessary for the practice of public health including an evaluation of the natural history and mechanisms underlying infectious and chronic human diseases. This course will also address population-level targets for prevention and treatment of major diseases of human health.
Course Goals: The goals of this course are to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the biology and pathophysiology underlying major human diseases which cause significant morbidity or mortality and to develop an appreciation for the role of public health in the prevention, identification, and treatment of human disease.
Competencies: The course outcomes are focused upon the following learning objectives: 1. Understand the role of structure and function in the regulation of normal physiology; 2. Describe national and global trends in morbidity and mortality; 3. Describe the natural history and physiology of diseases of high importance to public health; 4. Specify the role of the immune system in population health; 5. Identify important behavioral, environmental, and infectious risk factors for diseases of public health importance; 6. Discuss the interactions of genetics and environmental factors in disease causation; 7. Apply biological principles to the development and implementation of disease prevention, control, or management programs; 8. Integrate general scientific and laboratory concepts into public health research and practice.