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222.662.01 Obesity in Public Health


International Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jessica Jones-Smith
Course Instructor s:



Examines obesity as a public health problem, (including prevalence, trends and disparities as well as the health, psychosocial, and economic consequences of obesity and its associated co-morbidities). Explores physiologic, psychological, economic, and cultural drivers of food consumption. Identifies key issues and approaches for current and future public health and environmental 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:

Short 2 to 3 question pop quizzes at the start of several classes: 60%; Homework and reactions: 25%; In class participation: 15%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: