APHB5501 Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The topics covered in this unit centre around 'developmental origins of adult health and disease' (DOHaD)—how the environment in early life alters developmental trajectories such that they impact on later health and disease. The unit provides students with an understanding and knowledge of the field at an advanced level and involves instruction from academics actively researching in this field. Topics include the epidemiology and experimental models of DOHaD, the evolutionary basis for DOHaD, the mechanisms underlying DOHaD (including epigenetics), and the potential for early interventions to optimise later health. These topics are explored in a seminar series within which students are expected to do readings, lead a discussion on readings and develop a lecture with the guidance of the relevant staff member. Students expand their knowledge base and gain a deep understanding of the field of DOHaD. They develop their abilities in literature research, critical thinking and presentation of knowledge.
Students are able to (1) critically discuss and describe DOHaD; (2) search and manage literature and think critically; and (3) effectively communicate their knowledge.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) learning journal; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Caitlin Wyrwoll
Unit rules
an undergraduate major in biomedical or health sciences, or by permission of the unit coordinator
Contact hours
seminars: 12 hours; presentations: 6 hours (depending on number of students)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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