Evolutionary Medicine

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Evolutionary Medicine

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This interdisciplinary degree integrates basic science with evolutionary thinking and analysis, and places disease in the context of changing environments, exposures, and the encompassing ecology of life in which an individual is embedded. 

Degree Overview

Evolutionary Medicine is the integrative application of the principles of evolution to the fields of medicine, public health, global health, and health professions. Inherently interdisciplinary in nature, Evolutionary Medicine integrates basic science with evolutionary thinking and analysis, and places disease in the context of changing environments, exposures, and the encompassing ecology of life in which an individual is embedded.

It could be attached to a number of biological or social sciences degrees at ASU including those in biology, anthropology, or sociology. This program would complement a full-length program, or provide a graduate certificate to those taking a gap year between undergraduate and professional degrees.

ASU, as the New American University, is dedicated to the “fusion of intellectual disciplines”, transforming society by “being connected to social needs”, and committed to the“success of each unique student”. These ideas among other key tenets serve to fulfill ASU’s mission “to achieve excellence, access, and impact”, which will define a new era in higher education.

The Certificate in Evolutionary Medicine achieves the aims of the New American University:

  • This program bridges traditionally siloed disciplines within the School of Life Sciences and the School for Human Evolution & Social Change as an interdisciplinary endeavor between the two.
  • The educational mission of evolutionary medicine to improve human health creates meaningful impact within the fields of biology, medicine, public health, and global health.
  • The program guides learners through progressive coursework that leads from competence to proficiency, and then to mastery of the educational objectives within evolutionary medicine. It culminates in an experience that allows learners to explore the unique questions relevant to their lives and interests.

Courses and electives

15 credit hours including the required capstone course (Bio 571)

Required Core (3 credit hours)
  • ASB 507/BIO 507 Advanced Evolutionary Medicine (3) or
  • ASM 503/BIO 510 Evolutionary Medicine and Global Health (3)
Restricted Electives in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ASB 503 Medical Anthropology (3)
  • ASB 510 Health: Social and Biocultural Theories (3)
Restricted Electives in Biology (3 credit hours)
  • ASM 546/BIO 546 Principles of Human Genetics (3)
  • BIO 545 Populations: Evolutionary Genetics (3)
  • EVO 601 Principles of Evolution (3)

Electives or Research (3 credit hours)- See elective options below

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
  • BIO 571 Evolutionary Medicine Capstone (3)
Additional Curriculum Information

Students choose one course from an approved list of electives or research courses and cannot choose courses already taken for required core or restricted electives in anthropology and biology. For restricted electives in anthropology and biology, students must choose one course from the list indicated for each subject.

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in the life or social sciences or related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • professional resume
  • written statement
  • proof of English proficiency

An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.
The professional resume should demonstrate the applicant's skills and previous training.

The written statement asks about future career goals to better assist the student with selection of the most applicable set of courses in evolutionary medicine.

International students who need an F1 or 1 J1 visa first need to apply to and be accepted into a graduate degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the U.S. on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission be considered for admission to this certificate program.