BIO 102 W — Immune Health Basics
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 12—Nov 13
Drop Deadline: Oct 15
Instructor(s): Tobi Schmidt
What does it mean when a product claims to support “immune health” or promises to “boost immunity”? We hear these claims frequently, but what is actually required for good immune health, and can we really modulate the immune system to our advantage? In this online course, we will explore the complex and dynamic workings of the human immune system. You will be introduced to the basic biology of the immune system, the cornerstone to understanding your immune health. We will examine the very different roles the immune system plays in infections, cancer, and autoimmunity. These areas of disease will serve to highlight the many different functions of the immune system, providing insight into how this vast network of cells and molecules fights off foreign invaders, kills cancer cells, and at times, turns against the very body it was designed to protect. We will pay special attention to the impact our environment has on our immune system and the effects of aging on immune function, and we will take a close look at what current research tells us about improving our immune health through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and supplementation.
Tobi Schmidt, Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Advisor and EducatorTobi Schmidt focuses on educating healthcare professionals and individuals in order to provide a better understanding of human health and disease. She has conducted research focused on modulating the immune system and its environment to improve immune function in fighting disease. This area of study, known as immunotherapy, is one of the newest tools in the fight against cancer. Schmidt received a PhD from the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Microbiology & Immunology. She has also researched cures for diseases in academic and pharmaceutical labs.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.