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Biological Basis of Public Health

1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Barry Zirkin

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. A strong college-level background in the biological sciences is required


How is specific biological methodology applied to the understanding, treatment, and/or prevention of specific diseases and conditions, including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, pandemic influenza, malaria, fungal infection, COPD, skin disease and reproductive anomalies?

Discusses molecular, biochemical, cellular and immunological methodology and approaches for the mechanistic understanding, treatment and prevention of human diseases, and for understanding disease susceptibility. The focus will be on the application of biological methods and approaches to such critical issues as infectious disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, COPD, environmental toxicant effects on early development, and reproductive anomalies and their treatment.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Analyze the ways in which biochemical, molecular and cellular tools are applied to understand, treat, and prevent human diseases and conditions
  2. Assess the role of genetic determinants in human disease and disease susceptibility
  3. Critique how specific biological tools have been or can be utilized to treat and prevent human disease
  4. Apply biological principles and tools to the creation of solutions to existing or potential public health threats
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Midterm
  • 50% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: