PHG 200 - Implications of Public Health Genomics for the Modern World

Autumn 2014 -- 

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Gould Hall 322
  • Fridays 1:30 - 2:30 OR 2:30 - 3:30 Dempsey Hall 112

 Meets undergraduate General Education "Areas of Knowledge" course requirement for "Individuals & Society" and "The Natural World". No prerequisites.

Syllabus for Autumn 2014 [PDF])

Have you wondered if your destiny is written in the stars or your genes? Occupy the Human Genome: Do you trust private companies with your genetic information? A man in Tennessee got a lighter sentence after a brutal murder because he had a Violence Gene: Can your genes "make you do it"?

In this course, offered by the UW Institute for Public Health Genetics, we'll talk about how genetic developments are actively changing the world around us and how genes continue to connect us. The course surveys compelling genetic and social issues emerging in the wake of the Human Genome Project; for example, many fresh genomic applications have ethical, societal, political and legal dimensions that are only just beginning to be appreciated. This is a course developed recently for undergraduates.

 (Updated September, 2014)