Current Issues in Obesity Prevention and Treatment
Krista Lee Rompolski, Ph.D.
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
(2 credits) July 8, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014
Obesity is thought to be caused by the interaction of a genetically susceptible individual with the obesogenic environment. Significant advances in the treatment of obesity, whether behavioral, surgical or pharmacological, have been proven successful at the individual level. However, little success has been achieved in preventing weight gain or maintaining weight loss at a population level. Given obesity’s recent classification as a disease state, it is imperative that instructors of human anatomy and physiology-based courses are familiar with the growing body of knowledge on obesity prevention and treatment. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to understand obesity with a multifactorial approach, addressing the genetic, biological, environmental, societal and behavioral aspects that interact on an individual and population level. Special emphasis will be placed on the integration of knowledge gained from discussion and critique of published clinical and epidemiological studies into an instructor’s curriculum.
BI 698 Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology – The Heart and Vascular System
Dr. George Ordway
(2 credits) Sept 22, 2013 - Jan 31, 2015
This unique course is designed to provide college-level instructors with an opportunity to develop their understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including key cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for function of the heart and blood vessels. The course also will include examples of pathophysiology that result in common acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases. Participation in the course will be online only with weekly directed readings and assignments that will be posted to a discussion board for instructor and peer review, along with regularly scheduled interactive conference sessions. Cardiovascular Physiology (7th ed.) by Mohrman and Heller will be used as the course text along with available internet resources and databases. In addition, selected articles from the primary literature will be used to help participants foster an appreciation of the research that has advanced our knowledge of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. Participants also will complete a final project supporting the teaching of cardiovascular biology in a college-level anatomy and physiology course. The project may take a variety of forms; however, developing a case study or review article will be emphasized. A total of approximately 60 hours will be required to complete all course work. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis and evaluation will include successful completion of weekly assignments, pre- and post-course knowledge assessments, a final project, and participation in scheduled conference sessions. A pass grade will require 75% of a total of 100 points. This course will serve as the basis for future on-line-only offerings of advanced topics dealing with cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.