Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Fall 2022 HLTH

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
HLTH B115-001 Introduction to Health Studies 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Old Library 116
In Person
Olson,H.
HLTH B115-002 Introduction to Health Studies 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Taylor Hall G
In Person
Olson,H.
HLTH B302-001 Survey Methods for Health Research 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 252
In Person
Olson,H.
HLTH B425-001 Praxis III - Independent Study 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
BIOL B201-001 Genetics 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 25
In Person
Davis,T.
BIOL B215-001 Biostatistics with R 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 229
In Person
Bitarello,B., Bitarello,B.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 25
In Person
BIOL B271-001 Developmental Biology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 159
In Person
Davis,G., Davis,G.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 126
In Person
CHEM B242-001 Biological Chemistry 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Park 278
In Person
Kung,Y.
ECON B214-001 Public Finance 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Old Library 116
In Person
Mukherjee,P.
ECON B217-001 Health Economics 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 119
In Person
Kim,J.
PSYC B209-001 Clinical Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 300
In Person
Mukerji,C.
PSYC B231-001 Health Psychology 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall D
In Person
Leszko,M., Peterson,L.
SOCL B265-001 Quantitative Methods 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 119
In Person
Wright,N.

Spring 2023 HLTH

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
BIOL B216-001 Genomics 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH In Person Bitarello,B., Bitarello,B.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W In Person
BIOL B255-001 Microbiology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH In Person Chander,M., Chander,M.
Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Park 126
In Person
PSYC B209-001 Clinical Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 224
In Person
Mukerji,C.
PSYC B344-001 Early Childhood Experiences & Mental Health 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Mukerji,C.

Fall 2023 HLTH

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2022-23 Catalog Data: HLTH

HLTH B115 Introduction to Health Studies

Fall 2022

The multidisciplinary foundation for the health studies minor. Students will be introduced to theories and methods from the life sciences, social sciences, and humanities and will learn to apply them to problems of health and illness. Topics include epidemiological, public health, and biomedical perspectives on health and disease; social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of health; globalization of health issues; cultural representations of illness; health inequalities, social justice, and health as a human right.

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Counts Toward Africana Studies

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HLTH B302 Survey Methods for Health Research

Fall 2022

Surveys are widely used to measure the population prevalence of various health conditions; to better understand the scope and impact of exposure to social and economic stressors on population health; to monitor health-related knowledge, attitudes and practices; and to inform health systems strengthening efforts. Through course material and hands-on experience, students will master the basic elements of survey design, including, operationalizing constructs and formulating research questions, choosing a mode of survey implementation, pretesting the survey instrument, designing a sampling plan, managing field operations, and analyzing and interpreting survey data. Prerequisites: Completion of a 200-level course in the social sciences or permission of the instructor.

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Counts Toward Data Science

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HLTH B415 Teaching Assistant

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HLTH B425 Praxis III - Independent Study

Counts Toward Praxis Program

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ANTH B208 Human Biology

Not offered 2022-23

This course will be a survey of modern human biological variation. We will examine the patterns of morphological and genetic variation in modern human populations and discuss the evolutionary explanations for the observed patterns. A major component of the class will be the discussion of the social implications of these patterns of biological variation, particularly in the construction and application of the concept of race. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B201 Genetics

Fall 2022

This course focuses on the principles of genetics, including classical genetics, population genetics and molecular genetics. Topics to be covered include the genetic and molecular nature of mutations and phenotypes, genetic mapping and gene identification, chromosome abnormalities, developmental genetics, genome editing and epigenetics. Examples of genetic analyses are drawn from a variety of organisms including Drosophila, C. elegans, mice and humans. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: BIOL B110 and CHEM B104.

Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

Scientific Investigation (SI)

Counts Toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy

Not offered 2022-23

A lecture/discussion course on major issues and advances in biology and their implications for public policy decisions. Topics discussed include reproductive technologies, the Human Genome project, environmental health hazards, bioterrorism, and euthanasia and organ transplantation. Readings include scientific articles, public policy and ethical considerations, and lay publications. Lecture three hours a week. This class involves considerable writing. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.

Counts Toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B215 Biostatistics with R

Fall 2022

An introductory course in designing experiments and analyzing biological data. This course is structured to develop students' understanding of when to apply different quantitative methods, and how to implement those methods using the R statistics environment. Topics include summary statistics, distributions, randomization, replication, parametric and nonparametric tests, and introductory topics in multivariate and Bayesian statistics. The course is geared around weekly problem sets and interactive learning. Suggested Preparation: BIOL B110 or B111 is highly recommended. Students who have taken PSYC B205/H200 or SOCL B265 are not eligible to take this course.

Quantitative Methods (QM)

Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

Scientific Investigation (SI)

Counts Toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Counts Toward Counts toward Data Science

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B216 Genomics

Spring 2023

An introduction to the study of genomes and genomic data. This course will examine the types of biological questions that can be answered using large biological data sets and complete genome sequences as well as the techniques and technologies that make such studies possible. Topics include genome organization and evolution, comparative genomics, and analysis of transcriptomes and proteomes, with a focus on human genetics. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111. BIOL 201 highly recommended.

Quantitative Methods (QM)

Scientific Investigation (SI)

Counts Toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B255 Microbiology

Spring 2023

Invisible to the naked eye, microbes occupy every niche on the planet. This course will examine how microbes have become successful colonizers; review aspects of interactions between microbes, humans and the environment; and explore practical uses of microbes in industry, medicine and environmental management. The course will combine lecture, discussion of primary literature and student presentations. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIOL 110 and CHEM B104.

Scientific Investigation (SI)

Counts Toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Counts Toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B271 Developmental Biology

Fall 2022

An introduction to embryology and the concepts of developmental biology. Concepts are illustrated by analyzing the experimental observations that support them. Topics include gametogenesis and fertilization, morphogenesis, cell fate specification and differentiation, pattern formation, regulation of gene expression, neural development, and developmental plasticity. The laboratory focuses on observations and experiments on living embryos. Lecture three hours, laboratory three scheduled hours a week; most weeks require additional hours outside of the regularly scheduled lab. Prerequisite: one semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.

Scientific Investigation (SI)

Counts Toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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BIOL B303 Human Physiology

Not offered 2022-23

A comprehensive study of the physical and chemical processes in tissues, organs and organ systems that form the basis of animal and human function. Homeostasis, control systems and the structural basis of function are emphasized. Laboratories are designed to introduce basic physiological techniques and the practice of scientific inquiry. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111, CHEM 103, 104 and one 200-level biology course, or permission of instructor.

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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CHEM B242 Biological Chemistry

Fall 2022

The structure, chemistry and function of amino acids, proteins, lipids, polysaccharides and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics; metabolic relationships of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, and the control of various pathways. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM B212 or CHEM H222.

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Counts Toward Counts toward Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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ECON B214 Public Finance

Fall 2022

Analysis of government's role in resource allocation, emphasizing effects of tax and expenditure programs on income distribution and economic efficiency. Topics include sources of inefficiency in markets and possible government responses; federal budget composition; social insurance and antipoverty programs; U.S. tax structure and incidence. Prerequisites: ECON B105.

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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ECON B217 Health Economics

Fall 2022

Economic analysis of the health sector. The demand for health care (demand curve for health care and health as human capital); the supply of health care (models of hospital and physician behavior); socioeconomic disparity in health; the demand for health insurance (the role of uncertainty, adverse selection, and moral hazard); health care systems in the U.S. and around the world. Prerequisite: ECON B105.

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ITAL B216 Body and Mind

Not offered 2022-23

In this course, we will explore representations of the relationship between body and mind, starting from 19th-century Russian novels that conceptualize love as a physical ailment and ending with the history of Alzheimer's disease. Talking about the relationship between body and mind will allow us to investigate how gender roles and models of womanhood and masculinity shaped the evolution of modern sciences, from psychiatry to obstetrics. Investigating how bodies have been (and continue to be) read, we will discuss systems created to police societies by cataloguing bodies, from Lombroso's phrenology to modern fingerprinting and face recognition softwares. Finally, we will consider how our understanding of the relationship between body and mind has changed over time. Many of the theories we will discuss during the semester are now considered outdated pseudo-science - but how can we conceptualize the difference between science and pseudo-science? As new categories and disease designations appear to substitute the old ones, which are the implications of creating a label for a constellation of existing symptoms? The course will be taught entirely in English. There will be an optional hour in Italian for students of Italian.

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ITAL B303 Boccaccio, the Plague, and Epidemic illness: Literature and Medicine

Not offered 2022-23

What are the responses to human suffering during outbreaks of epidemic illness? How can literature be a valuable tool for plague prevention in time of pestilence? This class explores crucial questions on how narrative works in medical contexts, with a focus on the Decameron and the black plague of 1348. Giovanni Boccaccio is the first writer to unite the literary topos of narration during a life-threatening situation with an historical epidemic context in Medieval Italy. How does he tell his stories in time of illness and death? How do writers and other storytellers respond to dominant versions of health and medicine? Taught in Italian.

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PSYC B209 Clinical Psychology

Fall 2022, Spring 2023

This course examines the experience, origins and consequences of psychological difficulties and problems. Among the questions we will explore are: What do we mean by abnormal behavior or psychopathology? What are the strengths and limitations of the ways in which psychopathology is assessed and classified? What are the major forms of psychopathology? How do psychologists study and treat psychopathology? How is psychopathology experienced by individuals? What causes psychological difficulties and what are their consequences? How do we integrate social, biological and psychological perspectives on the causes of psychopathology? Do psychological treatments (therapies) work? How do we study the effectiveness of psychology treatments? Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105 or H100). Please note that this course was previously known as "Abnormal Psychology" and has now been renamed "Clinical Psychology" and can not be repeated for credit.

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Counts Toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology

Fall 2022

This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100). Students may take either this course or HLTH/PSYC H245 not both.

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Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B331 Health Behavior and Context

Not offered 2022-23

This seminar will be devoted to a discussion of theory and research in health psychology. We will investigate both historical and contemporary perspectives on the psychology of wellness and illness. We will begin with a consideration of how psychosocial forces influence health cognitions, behaviors, and physiological processes. The second half of the course will focus on contextual factors, interventions, and emerging topics in research. We will debate the question of whether/how psychological forces influence health outcomes. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 and PSYC B231 or PSYC B208, or by permission of the instructor.

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PSYC B344 Early Childhood Experiences & Mental Health

Spring 2023

Development represents a unique period during which the brain shows enhanced plasticity, the important ability to adapt and change in response to experiences. During development, the brain may be especially vulnerable to the impacts of harmful experiences (e.g., neglect or exposure to toxins) and also especially responsive to the effects of positive factors (e.g., community resilience or clinical interventions). This seminar will explore how childhood experiences "get under the skin," shaping neurobiological systems and exerting lasting effects on mental health and well-being. We will examine theoretical models of how early experiences shape development, considering the proposed mechanisms by which different features of childhood environments could shape psychological risk and resilience. We will evaluate the scientific evidence for these models and then apply this knowledge to consider what strategies for intervention-- at the level of the child, family, and society-- could help reduce psychopathology and promote well-being. There is no textbook required for this course. We will read, critically evaluate, and discuss empirical journal articles and explore the implications of this scientific literature for public policy. Prerequisites: PSYC B209 or PSYC B206 or PSYC B218 or permission from instructor; PSYC B205 highly recommended

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PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology

Not offered 2022-23

This course will examine emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents, including autism, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anorexia, and schizophrenia. Major topics covered will include: contrasting models of psychopathology; empirical and categorical approaches to assessment and diagnosis; outcome of childhood disorders; risk, resilience, and prevention; and therapeutic approaches and their efficacy .Prerequisite: PSYC 206 or 209.

Counts Toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B375 Movies and Madness: Abnormal Psychology Through Films

Not offered 2022-23

This writing-intensive seminar (maximum enrollment = 16 students) deals with critical analysis of how various forms of psychopathology are depicted in films. The primary focus of the seminar will be evaluating the degree of correspondence between the cinematic presentation and current research knowledge about the disorder, taking into account the historical period in which the film was made. For example, we will discuss how accurately the symptoms of the disorder are presented and how representative the protagonist is of people who typically manifest this disorder based on current research. We will also address the theory of etiology of the disorder depicted in the film, including discussion of the relevant intellectual history in the period when the film was made and the prevailing accounts of psychopathology in that period. Another focus will be how the film portrays the course of the disorder and how it depicts treatment for the disorder. This cinematic presentation will be evaluated with respect to current research on treatment for the disorder as well as the historical context of prevailing treatment for the disorder at the time the film was made. Prerequisite: PSYC B209.

Counts Toward Counts toward Child and Family Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Film Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

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PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology

Not offered 2022-23

A study of the role of drugs in understanding basic brain-behavior relations. Topics include the pharmacological basis of motivation and emotion; pharmacological models of psychopathology; the use of drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis; and the psychology and pharmacology of drug addiction. Prerequisite: PSYC B218 or BIOL B202 or PSYC H217 or permission of instructor.

Counts Toward Counts toward Health Studies

Counts Toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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SOCL B265 Quantitative Methods

Fall 2022

An introduction to the conduct of empirical, especially quantitative, social science inquiry. In consultation with the instructor, students may select research problems to which they apply the research procedures and statistical techniques introduced during the course. Using SPSS, a statistical computer package, students learn techniques such as cross-tabular analysis, ANOVA, and multiple regression. Required of Bryn Mawr Sociology majors and minors. Non-sociology majors and minors with permission of instructor.

Quantitative Methods (QM)

Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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Health Studies

Rudy Le Menthéour
Co-Director of Health Studies; Associate Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies

Kalala Ngalamulume
Co-Director of Health Studies; Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
kngalamu@brynmawr.edu