NATS 1670 6.00 A - Concepts in Human Health and Disease

The main objective of this course is to develop the understanding of important concepts and principles related to the susceptibility to diseases, and to broaden students’ knowledge of medical biology in a multi-disciplinary manner. This course gives students an overview of medical biology, consolidating knowledge on basic and applied biology with social and ethical issues related to human health, in a manner that is applicable and relevant to practical health decisions made by young people. Topics will include such things as the immune system in health and disease (vaccination, organ transplantation); infectious diseases (sexually transmitted diseases, blood-blood transmitted disease, recent diseases - HIV, avian flu); human cancer (DNA mutations and cancer, oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, treatment of cancer); social and economic issues related to human health (drug discovery, the human genome project, human cloning); new antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer therapies; gene therapy.

Required Course Material

1. Free online resources as specified in the course      outline.
2. Use the search box in with keywords specified in class and in the course Moodle web site.
3. If you want to use a hardcopy you can try:

  • Microbiology, by Robert Bauman. Any edition is fine. Copies can be found in Steacie Science Library.
  • Microbiology: A Human Perspective by Nester.
  • Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, by Black.
  • Any other “Microbiology” text you can find in the Steacie Science Library is likely to be a good reference (there are quite a few over there).

Mid-Term Exam 1- 25%. Mid-Term Exam 2 - 25%. Final Exam - 45%. Participation: Attendance to lecture - 5%, contribution to the wiki - 2% (bonus)

Three lecture hours weekly, accompanied by one tutorial hour.


Course Credit Exclusion

AK/NATS 1840 6.00.


Mathematical Content

Minimum simple arithmetical calculation at about Grade 10 level.


Day Start
Duration Location
Cat #
M 9:30 60 VH  A
W 9:30 60 VH  A
F 9:30 60 VH  A
F 10:30 60 VH  A

Course Instructor


E-mail Address

Office Location

Phone #


210, Farquharson 

(416) 736-2100 x 44670  

Course Outline

Fall/Winter 2011-12

Course outline

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