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.

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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.

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The Rising Obesity Epidemic

Check out this new YouTube video to hear Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Vice President for Global Health and former director of the CDC, talk to undergraduate students about the rising obesity epidemic and corresponding health risks (April 9, 2013). Because obesity is associated with several chronic diseases, it represents a major public health concern. The culprits behind this alarming growth in the national waistline, as Dr. Koplan points out, are the availability of more food with higher energy content, the spread of the fast food industry, the omnipresence of snack foods, the decline of family meals, and the presence of “food islands” where affordable healthy food is hard to come by.

His talk was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Human Health, which was established to centralize and organize Emory’s vast resources in health-related studies. The Center provides a home for a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate curricula, as well as a place where faculty can develop groundbreaking programs and research.

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Plans Underway for Human Health Major

 

Plans are underway in the College to offer a Human Health major, building on a strong foundation in health-related studies within a liberal arts education.

In March, the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee approved the development of an “innovative and interdisciplinary major in Human Health.”

The committee’s approval marks an important first step in advancing the major. The plan must also now be endorsed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Emory’s Board of Trustees before it may be formally offered — perhaps as early as fall 2013.

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A “Whole Human” Healing Approach

Dr. Yoon Hang John Kim of Georgia Integrative Medicine talks about his healing-oriented approach that takes account of the whole person (body, emotion, and spirit) including all aspects of lifestyle (March 26, 2013). Integrative medicine emphasizes the healing relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative, including:

  • Conventional Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
  • Energy Healing
  • Nutrition – Food As Medicine, Anti-inflammatory Foods, Low Glycemic Foods, and Hypoallergenic Food Choices
  • Naturopathy
  • Mind-Body Medicine

His talk was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Human Health, which was established to centralize and organize Emory’s rich resource base of opportunities in health-related studies. The Center provides a home for unique interdisciplinary undergraduate curricula, as well as a functional unit where an interdisciplinary faculty-based consortium can develop path-breaking programs and research.

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Comparing Food and Health among Atlanta Immigrants

Emory undergraduate Sandy Jiang recently presented the results of her summer research project at the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory) research symposium. The SURE program provides research training opportunities for undergraduate students over the summer break. Sandy completed her research under the supervision of Dr. Cassandra Quave and the Center for the Study of Human Health (CSHH). Sandy’s research project, entitled “A Comparison of Traditional Food and Health Strategies among Taiwanese and Chinese Immigrants in Atlanta,” examined traditional knowledge and practices related to food and health . Sandy plans to continue work on this project in the fall and submit a manuscript for publication.

For more details, see the CSHH blog posting.