Classroom Snapshots

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A couple of new YouTube videos offer a look at several undergraduate classes and programs.

“The Art of Eating” is about a freshman seminar course designed to allow students to explore how food and eating bring us together as families, communities and cultures, and how they also separate and define us and can make others “different.” Anna Leo, associate professor of dance, and Leslie Taylor, professor of theater, bring together their two disciplines as well as link up with the Emory Center for Community Partnerships so that students collaborate with high school dance students from Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta. Students and faculty also have the opportunity to eat something tasty during each class.

In “Students Taking the Lead in the Classroom,” Brooke Healey 15C (Journalism and Human Health) talks about her experience teaching first-year students in a Health 100 class as a Peer Health Partner (PHP). The PHP program allows students to develop health knowledge and leadership skills as they work with first-year students under the direction of faculty in the Center for the Study of Human Health.

 

 

 

Healthy Eating Partners Program Shares Nutrition Tips in the DUC

cshh-HealthyEatPartners-stillIn this new YouTube video, Kylie McKenzie 14C (Biology with a Predictive Health minor) and Brooke Woodward 13C (Anthropology with a Predictive Health minor) talk about the new Healthy Eating Partners program that they developed with the help of the Center for the Study of Human Health and Emory Dining. The program illustrates a growing emphasis on the part of the College to translate academics into the real world to make positive changes.

Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

http://humanhealth.emory.edu

Nature Article Features Research of Dr. David Barker (Human Health)

An article in in the current issue of Nature by Michelle Lampl, director of Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health, and colleagues from the University of Southampton summarizes the life’s work of the late David Barker, a visiting professor at Emory, a clinical epidemiologist at the University of Southampton in the UK, and a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, while also issuing a call to action to improve prenatal care.

Barker, who co-taught undergraduate courses at Emory, including one on predicting life span, and served as an adviser to graduate students, was widely considered to be one of the most important clinical epidemiologists of our time. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage last August at 75, after finishing the first draft of the Nature commentary.

Barker essentially “invented” a new field of medicine, now known as Development Origins of Health and Disease.

“He’s responsible for a paradigm shift in medicine through his focus on the science of health in the womb and the early ages,” says Lampl, an anthropologist who focuses on human growth. “The idea that your first cell has a big influence on your later life sounds unbelievable, and he was criticized horribly when he came up with ‘the Barker hypothesis.’ But he opened the door and profoundly changed the way that we think about health and disease.”

Read article in eScienceCommons blog

See YouTube video of Dr. Barker teaching Emory undergraduates

The Drug Discovery Process: Dennis Liotta on Emtriva


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In this new Youtube video, Dennis Liotta, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, talks to undergraduates about  his discovery (along with Drs. Raymond F. Schinazi and Woo-Baeg Choi, also of Emory) of Emtricitabine, a breakthrough HIV drug that was sold to Royalty Pharma and Gilead Sciences in July 2005 for $525 million and is marketed under the name Emtriva (October 22, 2013). Currently Emtriva is part of drugs used by 94% of HIV-positive patients in the U.S.

Dr. Liotta’s fields of research are organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. His groundbreaking discovery also highlights how the process of theory, scholarship and practice in Emory College strengthens work in the nearby disciplines of the health sciences.

Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

Human Health Youtube Playlist

Avoiding the “Freshman 15”

Sometimes during college, a health body can drift off the priority list. In this interview, Jackie Gaylis speaks about her personal struggle with nutrition and health issues during her freshman year at Emory and how these issues led her to get involved in the Peer Health Partners program. As a Peer Health Partner, Jackie was able to use her personal experiences to empower incoming freshman to lead healthy lives.

Peer Health Partners (PHPs) is a unique Emory program that allows students to develop health knowledge and leadership skills as they work with first-year students under the direction of faculty in the Center for the Study of Human Health.

The Center for the Study of Human Health brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

See Human Health Blog

Healthy Eating Partners Program Debuts This Semester

First-year students will get a little extra help in the dining hall this semester. The Healthy Eating Partners Program is a new initiative co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Human Health and Emory Dining to promote student well-being on campus. As part of the program, students will be on hand in the DUC dining area to advise — support and mentor — first-year students on healthy dining options.

The Center for the Study of Human Health brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

Emory Human Health Blog

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New Videos Showcase Human Health Programs

Check out these two new videos highlighting the groundbreaking work of the Human Health program at Emory. In the first video, a number of students talk about the impact of the human health classes on their undergraduate experience. In the second video, Brooke Healey 15C (Journalism and Human Health) shares her story — from her freshman Health 100 class to becoming a Peer Health Partner the following year so that she could work with first-year students.

The Center for the Study of Human Health brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

See YouTube Playlist

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Students Promote Healthier Foods in DUC Cafeteria

A group of Peer Health Partners (Brooke Woodward 14C, Kylie McKenzie 14C, Keitra Thompson 13C, and Karoline Porcello 15C) from the Human Health Program talk about how they worked to bring healthier food options to Emory’s main dining facility with the help of David Furhman (Senior Director, Food Services Administration). McKenzie says this “holistic approach to health and nutrition” also contributes to academic success as well.

Peer Health Partners (PHPs) are Emory University students working with the Center for the Study of Human Health to expand and develop the use of health knowledge in all aspects of life. The Center brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

See Destination HealthEU Blog

Prof. Cassandra Quave Introduces Students to Medicinal Plants

 

Cassandra Quave, a medical ethnobotantist with Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health, hosted a group of Emory students at her field research site in southern Italy this summer to talk about the healing power of plants. Quave is documenting the traditional ways that people use plants in the Vulture-Alto Bradano region of Basilicata province and is collecting specimens of medicinal plants for her drug discovery research projects.

The students were in Italy this June as part of the “Italian and Medical Humanities” course, a collaboration of Emory’s Italian Studies Program, the School of Medicine, the Center for Ethics and the Center for the Study of Human Health.

Read the full story on the eScienceCommons blog.

Combining Human Health with Business

Eddie Kovel 13C, a business major with a predictive health minor, talks about his innovative business idea, an exercise card game (Playout: The Game), which grew out of his human health studies at Emory.

The field of human health is undergoing a dramatic transformation because of medical breakthroughs and social/demographic changes. As a new model that understands health as a positive condition rather than the mere absence of disease, it holds the promise of improving the well-being of individuals and communities throughout the world. One of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, the human health field is creating new opportunities in medicine, business, law, public policy, the arts, and elsewhere.

In higher education, the Emory Center for the Study of Human Health represents one of the first comprehensive efforts to bring together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in this critical area.

Human Health YouTube Channel