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313.686.11 The Causes and Consequences of Obesity

Health Policy and Management
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
June 13-15, 2012
  • W Th F,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence, consequences and key drivers of the obesity epidemic
  2. Discuss methodological issues associated with the study of obesity
  3. 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.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required