The class is an introduction to the field of public health that encompasses more than simply how a virus infects cells. The class is project driven in that the three papers for the class focus on the perception of HIV in their hometown, what demographic factors correlate with the prevalence of the disease, and what can be done that is not being addressed in the community. To accomplish these assignments, the students will search Lexis/Nexis, a database that indexes media coverage, use data from the census bureau to analyze what demographic factors are associated with the disease, and graphically produce maps of their findings with ArcMap, geographic information system software. Lastly, the students develop a plan to address a problem in their community after consulting the public health literature and studying the resources that are currently being devoted to the issue. Each paper will be loaded onto webpages the students will create. Students who successfully complete this seminar will satisfy the Scientific Perspective core requirement.
Jun Yoshino, associate professor of psychology, is a neurochemist whose interest is the regulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase and its role in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, and animal model of Multiple Sclerosis.