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Lake Washington Institute of Technology    
  Jan 17, 2018
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 311 Public Health Biology

5 credits
This course will provide an introduction to the biological foundations of public health. Topics include human chronic and hereditary diseases and disorders (such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.), infectious disease and host response, the role of genetics and the environment on health, and human physiology.

Prerequisites: Admission to the BASPH program or instructor permission.

Quarters Offered: Fall

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the function of the immune system and other related human systems in regard to health
  • Describe the role, benefits, and limitations of vaccines in assuring the health of populations
  • Relate basic principles of cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics to problems in physical, behavioral, and mental health
  • Analyze the interaction of genetics, lifestyle, and the environment in the health of a population
  • Integrate general biological and molecular principles into public health problems such as infectious disease, disease susceptibility, drug resistance, and assisted reproduction
  • Explain the relationships among nutrition, physical activity, and health
  • Describe the most prevalent global diseases in terms of patterns, etiology, risk factors, clinical aspects and major issues in prevention and control
  • Describe human molecular, cellular, and physiological interactions with exogenous agents
  • Describe the various ways by which chemicals can directly or indirectly affect human health
  • Describe the ecological principles of disease and how these principles affect the likelihood of control
  • Discuss the multiple factors that influence infectious disease epidemics