Anthropology | Evolutionary Medicine
B400 | 25813 | Muehlenbein


This course will incorporate principles from evolutionary theory into
our understanding of various infectious and chronic diseases common to
human populations both past and present. Foci will include the
evolution of human immune responses, basic principles of epidemiology
and host-pathogen co-evolution, the evolutionary history of various
pathogens, the evolution of sexual reproduction, and the evolution of
pathogen virulence. Although proximate mechanisms involving physiology
and immunity will be discussed, the focus will be to determine why
such mechanisms have evolved in the first place. Readings are selected
to reflect the general interests of natural and social scientists
alike. At the end of this course, students will be able to effectively
communicate to others how evolutionary research helps shed new light
on medical research and practices.