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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the global obesity epidemic and the major challenges to reducing the prevalence of excess body weight. Lectures will be inter-disciplinary and focus specifically on the global prevalence of obesity (including variation among sub-populations), the direct and indirect consequences of obesity, the primary and distal causes of obesity, methodological issues related to the study of obesity, and promising interventions/policies to address the problem of obesity. Encourages students to think creatively about the nature of the global obesity epidemic and possible ways to reduce population prevalence.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the prevalence, consequences and key drivers of the obesity epidemic
Discuss methodological issues associated with the study of obesity
Identify promising interventions/policies to reduce obesity prevalence

Methods of Assessment: 10% Class participation; 30% in-class assignments (each assignment emphasizing a core theme from the course); and 60% quiz.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • June 13-15, 2012

  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015