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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
R Song

2012-09-11 HLTC05H3 F Lecture 1 Course Overview: • The culture and the environment the body is living in and how they directly factor into our biology • Less emphasis on genetic variation in this course and more emphasis on social environments and the variation it creates • Using social determinants of health to determine variation in individual and societal health • Applies to all countries and societies in the world • The health of children is key to understanding health in overall society because they are the most vulnerable in mostly all societies o Will be bringing up ancient case studies as examples; also documentaries will be shown in class • The midterm is 30% and the final is 34%; contain multiple choice, short answer and, fill-in-blanks. The quizzes are worth 16% and the written assignment is 20% o The assignment will be given on September 25, 2012 Lecture: • The two WHO readings are about how social determinants of health can be popularized and promoted • In the third week, there is a film and the first iClicker quiz • Case studies by Paul Farmer: co-founder of Partners in Health • The Epidemiologic Triad= consequence of interaction between the host, the pathogen and the environment in which we live in o Holistic approach but what is beyond that? o Biotic environment to physical environment to cultural-demographic environment • The social/cultural-demographic environment and how we interact with it directly or indirectly o Hereditary factor
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