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 (meanthro.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. The course has evolved into two course 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, health and nutrition programs. This poster visually shows the evolution of aspects of the course(s) over time.