ELEC 524 Culture and the Practice of Medicine

(1 cr.) (Didactic)

This course discusses the relationship between culture, illness and disease, and the cultural environments of both biomedical and traditional healers: the ways cultural beliefs and behaviors influence the emergence, spread, incidence, prevention and control of diseases, are emphasized. Culture-specific and culture- impacted disease problems are used as examples and focus on, but are not limited to, infectious diseases that influence the practice of both human and veterinary medicine, such as Ebola, SARS, Chagas disease, and avian influenza.