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Transforming our understanding of disease to improve human health requires framing questions about health and illness in new and innovative ways. Through the connection of evolutionary biology, medicine, global health, and public health, learn how to holistically approach ideas about evolution, human vulnerability, and the future of medicine.
With rising need for health science-related skills and an aging population in the United States, innovations in health and medicine are in demand. Evolutionary medicine is a new and burgeoning field situated between the life and social sciences that seeks to integrate the fields of evolutionary biology, genetics, medicine, global health and public health to transform our understanding of disease and improve human health. Students who complete this certificate program learn how to integrate perspectives from across fields to answer questions about health and disease in the context of human life history.
Students are introduced to integrated approaches within the biological and social sciences that are capable of address an emerging, anticipated public need such as reemerging infectious disease, challenges with vaccines, the expansion of chronic disease and other growing public health crises.