New Course Information

The experience of students and faculty in HLTB22, Biological Determinants of Health, has made it clear that students need a background in biology to flourish in the course. For this reason, the Department of Biological Sciences has introduced a new course:

BIOA11 Introduction to the Biology of Humans

An exploration of how molecules and cells come together to build and regulate human organ systems. The course provides a foundation for understanding genetic principles and human disease and applications of biology to societal needs. This course is intended for non-biology students.

BIOA11 will be offered in both the Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 term. The prerequisites for HLTB22 have been changed accordingly and are now: HLTA02 and HLTA03 and [BIOA11 or [BIOA01 & BIOA02]].

Health Studies has introduced two new B-level courses as well for 2015-16. These are HLTB11, Basic Human Nutrition and HLTB42, Foundations of Medical Anthropology. These courses will count for credit in the programs. The program listings will be revised accordingly for the next Calendar

The first course, HLTB11, An understanding of human nutrition is essential preparation for advanced study of the social determinants of health, global health and chronic disease.

HLTB11 Basic Human Nutrition

An introductory course to provide the fundamentals of human nutrition to enable students to understand and think critically about the complex interrelationships between food, nutrition, health and environment.
Prerequisites:  HLTA02H3 and HLTA03H3
The second course is HLTB42, Foundations of Medical Anthropology, is intended to make advanced courses in medical anthropology accessible to Health Studies students. These include: ANTC24: Culture, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry, ANTC61: Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing in Cultural Perspective and ANTC68: Deconstructing Epidemics.

HLTB42 Foundations of Medical Anthropology

This course introduces students to anthropological perspectives of culture, society, and language, to foster understanding of the ways that health intersects with political, economic, religious and kinship systems. Topics will include ethnographic theory and practice, cultural relativism, and social and symbolic meanings and practices regarding the body.
Prerequisites: HLTA02H3 and HLTA03H3

HLTC25H3S Infectious Diseases

This course will examine contemporary disease outbreaks, and provide students with an understanding of the complexities of human physiological and social responses to infectious agents. The course will provide students with the freedom to examine real-time outbreaks, and engage them in discussions on the dynamics of infectious disease in human populations.  The course is designed for students in the Health Studies ­ Population Health (Science) program, who typically move onto a career in epidemiology or medicine post-graduation, and therefore require a background in the basic biology of infectious diseases.