The Evolution of Courses in Evolutionary Medicine
LOCATION: Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center (Ground Floor); Group B 4:45-5:15pm
Evolutionary perspectives on disease first began to be formally introduced in courses in the 1990s, with the
publication of Why We Get Sick (Nesse and Williams, 1994), although medical anthropologists have been
taking a biocultural approach towards studying health since at least the 1960s (medanthro.net) and
biological anthropologists formalized paleopathology as a field in 1973 (paleopathologyassociation.
wildapricot.org). The author began teaching an undergraduate course on evolutionary
medicine, paleopathology, and demography in 2002. That course has evolved into two courses that have
been taught almost continuously in three different institutions (SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, and
George Mason University). These courses are continually evolving. The author now teaches both classes at
undergraduate and graduate levels, and they serve as electives for students in anthropology, biology, public
health, and nutrition programs. This poster visually shows the evolution of aspects of the course(s) over time.