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Faculty of Arts and SciencesHuman Evolutionary BiologyBarbara Natterson-Horowitz
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)Tu   6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Boylston 110 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

Heart attacks, breast cancer, anxiety and eating disorders occur across the animal kingdom. Taught by a physician, the course explores the species-spanning and evolutionary origins of medical, surgical, and psychiatric illnesses. A `mini-medical school? format will be used to introduce students to ten forms of human pathology emphasizing the typical mechanistic explanations of disease causation offered by physicians followed by in depth evolutionary analyses. Both physical and mental illnesses will be explored across the animal kingdom with a special focus on how emerging awareness of psychopathology in animals can alter the perception (stigma) and treatment of mental illness in human beings.

This course will meet from 6:00-8:00pm. Students will be required to attend 2 Grand Rounds lectures at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston during the term. Students are free to choose the lectures that will best fit their schedules. A list of options will be provided during class.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.