If you want to learn more, there are a number of evolutionary medicine-related courses taught on the UCLA campus. And other courses (e.g., the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology introduction to Ecology and Behavior) include lectures on evolutionary medicine. If you know of other courses, we'll post them here.

In addition to these courses, the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology now offers a minor in Evolutionary Medicine, click here for more info.

We're excited about the upper division course called Evolutionary Medicine that Pamela Yeh will develop in the coming years. Below we list faculty currently teaching evolutionary medicine-themed courses.

Clark Barrett

Anthropology 124B: Evolutionary Psychology: Survey of research in evolutionary psychology. Review of relevant theory in evolution and genetics. Emphasis on empirical studies of modern human behavior from evolutionary perspective, including social behavior, decision making, language, culture, and child development.

Aaron Blaisdell

Fiat Lux Psych 19: Human Evolution and Human Health: A Practicum Human health in western society has deteriorated at the population level. An increasing proportion of the population is plagued by so-called diseases of civilization, such as obesity, diabetes, mental illness, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. These diseases are extremely rare in human populations living a wide range of ancestral lifestyles, such as hunter-gatherers. Discussion will focus on the relationship between lifestyle and human health in the context of human evolution. We will evaluate hypothesis testing at the individual and population level to dissect these relationships and discuss the role such analysis plays in improved health outcomes.

Daniel Fessler

Anthropology 124P: The Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior Sexuality is a ubiquitous theme across time and across cultures. Although there is considerable variation in sexual behavior around the world, such variation is built upon a panhuman sexual nature. Our sexual nature might be said to be one of the most important factors determining our experience of ourselves, and the structures of our societies. Darwinian theory provides a powerful means of understanding the origins and nature of human sexuality. In this course we will explore some of the many ways in which evolution has shaped our sexual bodies and our sexual minds.

Martie Haselton

GE Cluster 72A,B,CW Sex: From Biology to Gendered Society From the moment of our conception, each of us has a sex. Our individual sex has a major role in determining the physical attributes of our bodies, the structure of our brains, our behavioral tendencies, the environment in which we grow up, the laws that govern our behavior, our place in society, the attitudes of others towards us, and our self-concept. Although sex may be considered to be determined primarily biologically, it is our gender (e.g., the social implications of our sex) that is arguably most important for our lives. Sex and gender can only be understood from a mixture of different perspectives. In this course we investigate some of those perspectives from the disciplines of sociology, biology, psychology, genetics and medicine.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz

Zoobiquity: Comparative Medicine-SL 619. Medical students will be exposed to cardiovascular diseases across the animal kingdom. Instruction in echocardiography, electrocardiography, auscultation and other diagnostic techniques will emphasize the benefits of the comparative method. Source material from both the human and veterinary medical literature will be reviewed. The comparative approach featured in this course will also provide students with an opportunity to better understand the connections between contemporary cardiovascular disease and evolutionary biology.

Peter Nonacs

Fiat Lux Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 19: Evolutionary Medicine: How Natural Selection Helps Us Understand Why We Get Sick Why do we grow old and die? Why do our own cells sometimes become cancers that grow wildly until they kill us and themselves? Why are plant poisons designed to kill insects such as caffeine, nicotine and chocolate some of our favorite substances to eat? Why are new and deadly diseases appearing in our hospitals? Questions like these have long puzzled medical science. An exciting new approach to these "why" questions involves the application of evolutionary principles. In this course we will look at disease, illness and human behavior not as constant phenomena, but as having evolved and continuing to evolve through Natural Selection. Evolution is the fundamental concept that unifies all of modern biology and, perhaps very soon, modern medicine as well.

Van Savage

BIOMATH 202: The Function, Structure, and Evolution of Biological Systems Website: http://www.biomath.ucla.edu/vsavage/LecturesAndHomeworks202.html Description: This course serves as an introduction to mathematical modeling for biologists. The courses uses evolutionary theory and network theory as its basis, and applies these concepts to topics and recent papers that include antibiotic resistance, cancer initiation and growth, SIR models, cell motility, food web structure and dynamics, neural networks, and network motifs for genes and proteins. The class progresses by my lecturing on general theoretical methods (e.g., differential equations, network models) and then providing and lecturing about three or four papers published in the past decade in top-tier journals that applied these methods to biomedical and biological systems. This approach helps students translate what they are learning into cutting edge research and how assumptions can be changed to make these methods broadly applicable.

BIOMATH 213: Modeling Vascular Networks with Applications Website: http://www.biomath.ucla.edu/ vsavage/LecturesAndHomeworks213.html In this course, I focus on the structure and dynamics of vascular systems. I combine topics usually taught separately in courses, including the fractal geometry of branching networks, the fluid mechanics of blood flow in animals and water flow in plants, and other modeling techniques such as analogue circuits to describe fluid-flow networks. In this course I teach crucial biological knowledge about the transport of resources and how evolutionary pressure to make this transport sufficient and efficient has constrained the structure of the vascular network. The structure and flow of the vascular network fuels maintenance, growth, and reproduction, including how each of these relate to pathologies such as coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and tumor vasculature and angiogenesis.

Gary Schiller

Hematology section of Block 6 of the Medical School curriculum. We discuss normal hematopoietic ontogeny and it malignant counterparts.

Pamela Yeh

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 185: Evolutionary Medicine. This class covers the main topics in Evolution (including natural and sexual selection, genetic drift, gene flow and migration, mutations, adaptation, introduction to phylogenetics and population genetics) while focusing on examples from medicine, including antibiotic resistance, cancer, HIV, obesity, diabetes, aging, and other health issues. This class will also focus on similarities and evolutionary origins of health issues faced by a range of species.