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Interactions: Environment and Gene

In the medical sciences, you will cover interactions between epigenome, genome, environment and health. Areas such as pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and clinical trials will provide discussion of specific case vignettes. You will also revisit circadian rhythm and sleep and their complex interaction with many previous module content areas.

In the health sciences, the extended topic of planetary climate change will be introduced. The concepts of decision making in health will be re-visited and extended to include interactions between politics, policies and the law.

The cases in this module will explore contemporary examples of diseases which can be caused by the external environment, and corresponding the importance of understanding the internal environment for the treatment of disease and illness.

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  1. Develop a broad understanding of the key concepts, principles and theories, which will support a multidisciplinary approach to understanding environmental associations with health
  2. Describe the effectiveness and dynamics of therapeutic interventions and to explain the steps required for ethical approaches and clinical trials
  3. Analyse the relationship and interaction between environmental factors, genetic material, health and disease, and explore the broad implications of environmental change for the continuation of a sustainable society
  4. Interrelate socio-economic, occupational and industrial factors, and a healthy environment
  5. Identify local and global causes and consequences of conflict-induced displacement
  6. Present your research findings related to a health problem covered in the interaction module
  7. Develop and use strategic planning and reasoning skills to engage with others to individually or collectively put forward structured ideas that can have a positive influence on local and global challenges in health


7 weeks

Teaching methods
You will learn through a mix of lectures, group discussions, interactive presentations, case based learning and technology enhanced learning.


1 x Multiple choice question exam
1 x Individual presentation
1 x Synoptic exam