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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Programs of Study Minors and Certificate Programs Certificate in Evolutionary Medicine  

Certificate in Evolutionary Medicine

The certificate in evolutionary medicine is intended for students planning or already pursuing careers in medicine and allied health professions, medical research, public health, or global development. It is anticipated that students may earn the certificate as part of premed preparation in the course of an undergraduate degree, in preparation for an advanced research-oriented degree, as a supplement to a degree in public health, or as continuing education for those pursuing careers in health policy or global development.


Siobain Duffy, Foran Hall 316, 848-932-6299 (

Rob Scott, BIO 210 (

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Prerequisites for Certificate Program:
  1. Complete one introductory evolution course with a grade of B or higher from among any one of the following:
  2. 216:110 Evolution, Disease and Medicine
    216:251 Fundamentals of Evolution
    090:296 Genes and Evolution
    070:102 Introduction to Human Evolution
  3. Complete one quantitative perspectives course with a grade of B or higher from among any one of the following:
  4. 447:302 Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics
    070:316 Quantitative Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology
    216:369 Analytical Methods in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
    Another quantitative course approved by CEM Program Co-Directors
  5. Register with either the SAS or SEBS Certificate in Evolutionary Medicine Program Co-Director
Required Courses (minimum 13 credits):
Students are encouraged to approach the directors about other courses qualifying for these areas as some honors seminars and special topic courses could be excellent fits.
    One genetics course (3-4 credits)
    447:380 Genetics
    070:240 Introduction to Molecular Evolutionary Anthropology

    One course on diet, physiology or microbiome (3 credits)
    216:360 Animal Physiological Ecology
    070:362 Evolution of Human Diet
    070:409 Primate Nutritional Ecology
    680:475 Microbiomes and Health

    One course on genetic variation and evolution in humans or infectious microbes (3 credits)
    216:405 Evolution of Infectious Disease
    216:302 Parasite Ecology
    216:469 Wildlife Diseases
    070:356 Human Variation
    447:392 Pathogenic Microbiology

    One advanced evolution or evolutionary medicine elective (3 credits)
    447:356 Evolutionary Medicine
    447:470 Evolutionary Developmental Biology
    070:325 Evolution and Culture
    070:328 Evolution and Cooperation
    070:422 Theories in Physical Anthropology
    070:420: Evolutionary Genetics: Human and Other Primates
    216:486 Principles of Evolution

    3 credits of research in evolutionary medicine (as approved by the co-directors) can be used to substitute for one of the latter three electives.

    Capstone colloquium in evolutionary medicine (1 credit)
    070:491 Evolutionary Medicine Capstone Colloquium

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