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Admissions requirements



A good understanding of biology is fundamental for understanding many of the challenges we face with regards to environmental sustainability and public health. This course aims to give students insight in important biological concepts at different levels of biological organization, including genetics, cell structure, physiology and whole organism responses.

Next, we will discuss several important systems which are key in global public health and/or ecosystem health, including the endocrine system, the immune system, respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. Case studies from both the field of human and ecosystem health will be used to demonstrate how these systems can be affected.

Course objectives


  • Students can define and discuss key concepts in biology at different scales, ranging from molecular to individual level;

  • Students can describe important biological systems, including the endocrine system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system;

  • Students can examine the scientific literature and highlight future areas of research;


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

The main mode of instruction will center around lectures and case studies (related to topics in GPH and EED) in biology. In addition, students are required to complete individual and group assignments. Lab session are likely a part of the course. Attendance is compulsory for students.


  • Midterm 25%

  • Report 15%

  • Presentation 15%

  • Course Participation: 10%

  • Final Exam: 35%


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list



This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact