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222.662.01 Introduction to Global Obesity in Public Health

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jessica Jones-Smith
Course Instructor s:



Examines the health, psychosocial, and economic consequences of obesity and its associated co-morbidities. Provides an overview of obesity prevalence, trends and disparities. Explores physiologic, psychological, economic, and cultural causes of obesity and the obesity epidemic, in both high- and low-income countries. Presents current treatment and prevention approaches to obesity. Explores promising future public health approaches to obesity.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain global trends in obesity and disparities in risk
  2. Explain the consequences of obesity at the individual and societal levels
  3. Critique competing arguments about the causes of obesity and the obesity epidemic
  4. Evaluate current practices of obesity prevention and treatment in various settings, such as schools, childcare settings, workplaces, and communities
  5. Propose new approaches for preventing or treating obesity in a specific setting
Methods of Assessment:

Assessment will consist of 2 exams (60%) and one final project (40%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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