Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases: a Public Health Perspective

Are you ready to embark on a transformative educational journey with our cutting-edge fetal origins class that delves deep into the relationships of fetal experience and adult diseases? The course will review scientific work on fetal origins hypotheses as well as the role (including mechanisms) of maternal characteristics and exposures in a wide range of offspring diseases (e.g., cardiometabolic diseases and cancer) throughout life.

The class will provide a public health perspective on how knowledge of fetal origins can lead to more effective prevention and intervention programs, particularly those that address intergenerational or transgenerational health disparities.  The course will reflect on interdisciplinary work in the field by clinicians, public health professionals, basic science researchers, and other stakeholders.

Further, it will examine relevant recent advances in the –omics sciences (e.g., genomics and epigenomics) that have facilitated progress in the field. The class will employ lectures, guest speakers, dynamic discussions, movie screenings, as well as interactive case studies, and a group project that make learning about the fetal origins of adult diseases an enriching experience. 

Students planning careers in various disciplines of public health, medicine, maternal and child health, basic sciences, and health policy may benefit from this course.

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5 credits of Natural Science coursework that counts towards the Areas of Inquiry requirement.