Web Link: Botanical Medicine and Health (HLTH 385-000, 4 credit hours) (Spring 2012)
Mankind has long recognized that plants are extremely useful as a source of medicine. Medical traditions based on botanical drug sources can be found in all human cultures and date back to prehistory. In this course, both ancient and modern day botanical traditions across many cultures will be discussed as they pertain to medicine.
Web Link: Food, Health and Society (HLTH 385-001, 4 credits) (Spring 2012)
Human health is intrinsically linked to dietary practices. Plants, in particular, may be used both as medicine and food, and it can often be difficult to draw a line between the two groups: food may be used as medicine and vice versa. The lens of ethnopharmacology can be used to gain an integrated biocultural perspective on foods, encompassing not only the substantive (or physical) qualities, but also the intangible (symbolic).
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Web Link: Evolutionary Medicine (ANT 334-000, 4 credits) (Fall 2012)
Biological and cultural adaptations to disease, the role of specific diseases in evolution, social epidemiological patterns related to culture, contemporary issues in disease control, and economic development. Considers a variety of diseases including malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, and malnutrition.
Web Link: Core Issues in Global Health: Comm. Oriented Immigrant Health (GHCS 300R-001, 4 credits) (Fall 2012)
Basic global health knowledge and concepts will be integrated with skills to enable students to become active participants in their community’s health. Based on our previous and ongoing involvement with some community based participatory programs in local health agencies and among recently resettled refugee populations in Atlanta, we will understand participatory problem solving that interlinks cultural, epidemiological, political-economic and ecological dimensions of health among few immigrant populations. Some questions to explore can be: Why do we want to work with a particular community, what are the benefits to us & the community, what is the mutual benefit?
Web Link: Core Issues in Global Health: Cross-Cultural Issues in Mental Health (GHCS 300R-008, 4 credits) (Fall 2012)
This course critically engages concepts of mental health and mental illness through an interdisciplinary perspective that pulls from psychological and medical anthropology, history, psychology, public health, disability studies, and biology. We will examine various psychiatric conditions across levels of analysis, beginning with the individual, then at the community level, and finally in a macro, socio-political perspective. The class will analyze mental health definitions, treatments, outcomes, advocacy, and nosology in Western and non-Western approaches. While particular Western diagnoses–such as schizophrenia, autism, and depression–will be critically examined, students will also engage with concepts of psychopathology broadly, as well as culture specific syndromes.
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Web Link: Ethnobotanica
Web Link: Cassandra Quave
Web Link: Melvin J. Konner
Web Link: Peter J. Brown
Web Link: Teach Ethnobotany
This lab module was given as a Workshop during the OSN's Teaching Tuesday Symposium and Workshops held at the Society for Economic Botany in Frostburg, MD (July, 2012).