The Environment LE Theme & Writing Intensive
How does the health of the environment affect the health of animals and humans? What role does biodiversity play in this equation?
This course explores the inextricable linkages between biodiversity, the health of the environment, and the health of humans and animals. We explore these relationships, threats to the delicate balance between them, and potential solutions for sustainable global & ecosystem health.
This course will be delivered in an interactive environment and is largely based upon individual/group active learning processes and case study evaluation. It is available to all undergraduates interested in a future career in most health professions including veterinary medicine, public health, medicine, nursing, environmental health and more! Understanding the big picture of health will make you a more effective problem-solver!
Course Instructors: Dominic Travis DVM, MS (Datravis@umn.edu), Meggan Craft PhD (email@example.com)
Dr. Travis was previously Vice President of Conservation and Science at the Lincoln Park Zoo and has spent the vast amount of his professional life teaching and conducting ecosystem health research around the world. He is very involved in studying the risk of disease spread between non-human primates and people, such as the evolution of HIV from its precursor in chimpanzees and monkeys (SIV). Dr. Craft is an ecologist and has spent extensive time in Africa studying disease ecology issues such as canine distemper and rabies virus in carnivores of the Serengeti and now leads a project aimed at understanding the impact of anthrax on hippos, cattle and humans in Uganda. Both instructors bring a wealth of experience and passion relating to problems affecting the health and biodiversity of animals, humans and the environment.