Dec 02, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

MICR 1153 LS - Public Health: Sex, Travel, Food, & Drugs

Credits: (3)
Typically Taught Fall Semester: Full Sem, Full Sem - Online
Typically Taught Spring Semester: Full Sem, Full Sem - Online
Typically Taught Summer Semester: Full Sem, Full Sem - Online, 1st Blk Online, 2nd Blk Online

We live in a microbial world. In this course, we will explore our complicated relationships with microbes, from those used to make bread, beer, and yogurt, to those that cause disease and death. To understand how microbes spread, cause illness, and evolve, we will use current important public health examples and case studies, such as sexually transmitted diseases, antibiotic resistance, measles outbreaks, food-borne illnesses, and drug use and abuse. Students will also learn about current efforts to understand and control our microscopic neighbors, such as vaccines, hand sanitizer, and antibiotics.  We will discuss how public health issues are studied, how they influence society, and how we make policy decisions to prevent disease.