This course explores the design of the human body. Topics include locomotory and other major organ systems, integrating structure and function. A comparative approach is taken, placing the design of the human body in an evolutionary context. As part of the course, students have the opportunity to travel to Peru and explore it’s long history of traditional medicine and more recent transition to “modern” healthcare.
From the cobblestone streets of the Incan capital of Cusco to remote farming villages in the surrounding Sacred Valley, we’ll explore traditional Andean ways of life and learn about Peruvian healthcare as it is practiced today. We’ll visit local clinics, dig into sustainable agricultural, taste highland cuisine, interact with traditional medicine, and examine holistic approaches to health and wellness. We’ll work on innovative community initiatives and learn alongside local practitioners.