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The Science of Human Disease


Fall 2024

Monday, September 9 – Friday, December 20, 2024


Fixed-Pace Course





While evolution has produced a seemingly well-oiled machine in the human body, a range of diseases still afflict us. Explore the biology of genetic, infectious, classical and contemporary diseases within this course. As we tackle different classes of diseases, we will also discuss the ethical and moral implications of testing, prevention and treatment of disease. This project based course will seek to apply knowledge to solve real world problems.

Completion of this course requires regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with working microphone and webcam, as well as a reliable internet connection.

This Fixed-Paced course incorporates a blend of synchronous and asynchronous elements. Students and teacher meet live via zoom on a regular weekly schedule. In addition, students complete coursework including guided readings, interactive videos, text and video-based discussion threads, problem sets, individual and collaborative projects, and so on. While these activities are time-flexible, teachers sequence them with weekly deadlines to help students keep on track and encourage and support the development of productive time management skills.


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Fixed-Pace Course