ANT380H5S - Special Topic in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SCI)

COURSE TITLE: 
Medicine and Evolution

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The famous evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky once wrote: “Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”. This course was designed to provide an overview of how evolutionary thinking is also relevant to medicine and public health. The course will review topics such as the role of genetic variation and human adaption in disease, epigenetics, pathogen-host co-evolution, antibiotic resistance, human-microbe interactions, diseases of civilization, cancer as an evolutionary process, aging and menopause, and mental disorders from an evolutionary perspective.

PRE-REQUISITE: 
ANT202H5