Biology and Sociology of Chronic Diseases-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS40 10010 LE26 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year All students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Fri.3
Instructor name POUDYAL, Hemant (Graduate School of Medicine Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In this course, we will explore the social and environmental factors that affect chronic diseases. In each lecture, we will discuss some social factors using specific chronic diseases as examples (in brackets below). Additionally, national policies of various countries, including Japan, will be discussed for the management of chronic diseases.
The class format includes lectures, short videos, and group discussions of case examples.

Course Goals 1. To understand the social and environmental determinants of disease and illness.
2. To understand the impact of health policies and how they affect human health.
3. To critically examine how changing public perception may impact chronic diseases.
Schedule and Contents In principle, the course will be offered along the following plan. However, the order or the number of times for each theme may change depending on the course's progression or handling of current topics.

1. Course introduction
2. Social class, race/ethnicity, and gender as social determinants of health (e.g., diabetes and obesity)
3. Aging as a social determinant of health (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease)
4. Role of social stress in health (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder)
5. Food as a determinant of health (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and respiratory diseases)
6. Environmental determinants of health (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
7. Social factors influencing the decision to seek professional healthcare (e.g., Cancer)
8. Impact of medical innovations on health (e.g., stroke and age-related diseases)
9. & 10. Impact of government health policy and medical innovation on chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular diseases)
11. A health policy success story (e.g., tobacco and cancer)
12. A health policy failure story (e.g., diabetes and obesity)
13. Role of media in social health perception (e.g., “health miracles”)
14. Role of the legal system in social health perception (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana)
15. Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Active class participation and group discussions 30%
Term paper 70%
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to attend classes, complete the assigned reading and writing, and contribute to discussions.
References, etc. Reference materials will be provided during the class.