Global Health Related

Chem & Biochem Department

Teaching Social Justice Group

Science outreach




Chem 240: Structure and Function of Biomolecules

An introduction to the molecules of living organisms. Topics will include the chemical and physical nature of biological macromolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. The lab will emphasize characterization of biomolecules using common biochemical techniques. Physical and computer models will be utilized in both class and lab.


Chem 440: Biophysical Chemistry

This course will examine the physical and chemical behavior of biomolecules from a quantitative perspective emphasizing applications and problem solving. Approximately half the course will focus on understanding biochemical reactions, structures and reactivity from a thermodynamic and kinetic perspective. The other half of the course will consider selected topics from biochemical applications of spectroscopy, crystallography and separations science.


Univ 275a: Intro to Public Health

An introduction to the domains of public and global health with an emphasis on the wide-reaching nature of these fields.  Topics include:  the ethical basis of health care; epidemiologic methodology; outbreak response methods; chronic diseases; the interdependence of economic development and health; health in resource poor areas; and examples of successful health interventions.


Past Courses:

Chem 170: Stoichiometric Calculations (modules; section info)

Chem 170 provides a review of the basic stoichiometric calculations of importance to chemists. Among the topics you will cover are significant figures and dimensional analysis, the mole and molar mass, empirical formulas, balancing chemical reactions, gram-to-mole conversions, limiting reagents, theoretical yields and working with gaseous and aqueous species. This material is equivalent to approximately 2-3 weeks of a traditional first-semester introductory course in general chemistry as offered at other colleges and universities. Chem 170 is a pre-requisite for Chem 260 (Thermodynamics, Equilibria, and Kinetics) and for most advanced courses in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Chem 260: Thermodynamics, Equilibria, and Kinetics

In Chem 260 you will be introduced to the fields of physical chemistry and analytical chemistry. While we will not cover the breadth of these disciplines, this course will help you to comprehend the immense scope and power of these branches of knowledge and learning. At the completion of this course you will find that you have also developed a number of very specific abilities, as listed in the course syllabus.


Chem 342: Topics in Biochemistry: Viral Select Agents

In the wake of 9/11, the United States Health and Human Services Department compiled a list of pathogens, infectious agents, and toxins that are considered to have the potential for disastrous economic and health outcomes. This compilation is referred to as the Select Agents List. Some of the listed agents are extraordinarily infectious and could therefore spread rapidly through our population. Some infect livestock or plants and could consequently devastate our economy. Some of the agents are considered to have the potential to occur in a natural epidemic, while others are considered to be prime choices for use by a bioterrorist. In this class, we will consider the viruses on the Select Agents List. The molecular mechanisms of these viruses will be studied using primary literature as a key instructional tool. We will consider some of the special characteristics of these viruses in relation to classically studied prototype viruses. We will also reflect on some of the public health issues that accompany these viruses, particularly in relation to their classification as Select Agents.


Univ 290: International Humanitariansim, A Look at Lacor Hospital

This course introduces concepts in current international humanitarian service efforts, focusing specifically on the experiences at St. Mary’s Hospital-Lacor, in northern Uganda. Students explore possible roles for global service through examination of the political, economic, and social factors that have contributed to this region’s current state, in addition to the responses of various local nonprofit actors to the myriad regional crises. Using Lacor Hospital as a model, studying its history, how it became such a strong presence in a place of civil unrest, its current status, and how it makes use of international help, this course engages students in studying the economic and health disparities in the world, with a focus on positive steps that have been taken by the courageous and motivated people who have worked at Lacor. Students will be expected to engage actively in focused discussions and to complete a variety of graded assignments ranging from reflection essays to the contributions to writing a proposal for a grant in support of Lacor Hospital.


WT 214: Saving the World? The Public Health Crisis in Developing Countries

What are the most significant unresolved public health concerns in developing countries in today's world? What are the causes, both physical and intangible, of a particular health crisis? How might individuals, non-governmental organizations, or governments go about addressing these issues? Is it desirable that these different groups do address public health issues in the poorest countries? Are there currently any major public health initiatives underway or is public health all talk, no action? These are the questions you will be addressing throughout this winter term course. The course will be primarily a discussion-based class in which you will work within groups on a project of your choosing, relevant to a currently unresolved health crisis in a developing country.

WT 218: Teaching Children to Inquire

Do you remember wondering? Why is the sky blue? Why do you need to wear a seatbelt? Why is it easier to eat yucky food if you hold your nose? How do people clean up oil spills? Why can you turn milk into butter? Re-ignite your curiosity by engaging local kindergarten through second grade students in hands-on, inquiry-based science experiments. In teams, you will lead these students as they participate in experiments developed through a previous DePauw outreach program, in addition to experiments that you and your class will develop. This class will be suited for science-loving and science-phobic students alike; science that K-2 students can understand and love is certainly accessible to you. Working with these children is wonderful and inspiring – they jump up and down to do science and will make you love it too.

WT (2011 & 2012): Ecuador with Timmy Global Health



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Last updated - August 9, 2013