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Biological Basis of Public Health

1st Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Gary Ketner
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

A modern college level course in biology.

How is specific biological methodology applied to the understanding, treatment, and/or prevention of specific diseases and conditions, including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, pandemic influenza, malaria, fungal infection, COPD, skin disease and reproductive anomalies?
Discusses molecular, biochemical, cellular and immunological methodology and approaches for the mechanistic understanding, treatment and prevention of human diseases, and for understanding disease susceptibility. Focuses on the application of biological methods and approaches to such critical issues as infectious disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, COPD, environmental toxicant effects on early development, and reproductive anomalies and their treatment.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze the ways in which biochemical, molecular and cellular tools are applied to understand, treat, and prevent human diseases and conditions
  2. Assess the role of genetic determinants in human disease and disease susceptibility
  3. Critique how specific biological tools have been or can be utilized to treat and prevent human disease
  4. Apply biological principles and tools to the creation of solutions to existing or potential public health threats
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Midterm
  • 50% Final Exam