Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to obesity, a highly prevalent chronic disease in the US and worldwide. Through collaboratory instruction, we will approach the topic of obesity from biological, behavioral, and social science perspectives, providing students from diverse backgrounds fundamental knowledge and insight into current scientific questions and debates.
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to provide a broad overview of obesity to undergraduate students. We will draw upon public health knowledge gained in PUBH200 by applying topics including assessment, surveillance, epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment strategies, and public health policy to the topic of obesity.
Competencies: Through completion of this course, students will obtain the following competencies: 1. Understand definitions and assessment of obesity, 2. Describe recent trends and disparities in obesity prevalence in the US and globally, 3. Identify biological, behavioral, and social determinants of obesity, 4. Describe the health and economic consequences of obesity, and 5. Critically evaluate approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity.