Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Freshman Seminar 25k: You Are What You Eat

  • What does food do to our bodies? What does a healthy diet entail? What is known about the role of nutrition in preventing or curing disease? Explores and critically evaluates diet recommendations, current knowledge about the role of diet in maintaining health, and use of nutrition to treat disease. Discusses how studies are conducted to understand the impact of nutrition. Explores different diets and the obesity epidemic, its causes and its implications for the next decades.
  • Professor: Karin B. Michels

History of Science 153: History of Dietetics

  • A survey of the relationships between medical expertise and human eating habits from Antiquity to the present, giving special attention to the links between practical and moral concerns and between expert knowledge and common sense.
  • Professor: Steven Shapin

Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning 20: The Business and Politics of Health

  • Health and medical care pervade every aspect of our lives. This course uses quantitative methods (graphical analysis, algebra, data analysis) to examine issues related to health, disease, and systems for delivering health care. Topics to be covered include differences in health between rich and poor countries, differences in types of medical care and who receives it, and the political context for reforming health care policy. Techniques for analysis will be developed and demonstrated in class and section. The course uses examples from a variety of international settings, but focuses mainly on health and health care in the US.
  • Professor: David Cutler

Freshman Seminar 23l: Medicine, Law, and Ethics

  • The seminar explores medical, legal, and ethical aspects of medical care, with particular attention to medical decision-making at the beginning and end of life, participants in research on human subjects, human reproductive technologies, mental illness, and experimentation on animals. Historical background of present-day medical practices and relevant law to be discussed. Note: All students are welcome, but this seminar is particularly geared to pre-medical and pre-law students. Students are advised that this course is intended to be introductory. Students who are looking for an advanced debate course should not take this course.
  • Professors: Shahram and Laura Khoshbin

US & World 11: American Health Care Policy

  • Health care in America poses fundamental policy challenges to our ability to protect low income Americans from the costs of illness; to produce high quality care; to efficiently use health care resources, and to allow Americans to die without pain, in the company of family, as they desire. This course aims to offer students a solid understanding of the American health care system, the potential impact of new reform legislation, and challenges that will remain in the future.
  • Professor: Richard Frank

Science of Living Systems 19: Nutrition and Global Health

  • This course will introduce students to nutrition and global health problems through exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants of nutritional status. Emphasis will be placed on the role of nutritional status and dietary intake, both as a determinant and as a consequence, of these health problems. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the major challenges to improve nutrition and health at a global level, with a focus on nutrition and infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and chronic diseases. Nutritional assessment, study design, and efficacy of nutrition interventions, will be explored in detail.
  • Professors: Christopher P. Duggan, Wafaie W. Fawzi, Clifford W. Lo
  • Note: Offered Spring 2012

Posted by Alice Li ’14

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