Spring 2019 - New aging course in Columbia University's public health concentration "(Y)our Longer Life" taught by Dean Linda P. Fried and Dana March

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Columbia Aging Center is delighted to announce the launch of a course on aging and public health (open to graduate students and undergraduates, with different requirements) taught by Dean Linda P. Fried, MD, DeLamar Professor of Public Health and Dana March, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. This new course, "(Y)our Longer Life," will be offered during the Spring 2019 semester on Thursday afternoons. The catalogue number for this three-credit lecture course is PUBHW3300, and the course description is below. (Please note the corrected semester for this offering).

Currently Senior Vice President of Columbia University Medical Center, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, and Interim Co-Director of the Columbia Aging Center, Dr. Fried is well-known as a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and creating the basis for a transition to a world where greater longevity benefits people of all ages. An internationally renowned scientist, she has done seminal work in defining frailty as a medical condition, illuminating its causes and the potential for prevention as keys to optimizing health for older adults. Her areas of expertise are Aging and Elderly, Alzheimer's Disease, Gerontology, Healthy Aging and Longevity, and Public Health Education.

The course also rounds out a concentration of public health courses for Columbia undergraduates that includes Dana March's "Introduction to Public Health," and Professor James Colgrove's "The Social History of Public Health."

Course Description: "(Y)our Longer Life" 
People are living 30 years longer than we did 100 years ago. We have created a whole new stage of life. How do we prepare to benefit from our longer lives? What can you do in your own life?
This course explores the personal, population, community, and societal dimensions of our now-longer lives, of aging itself, and the role of health and societal design in the experience of aging. The course examines the meaning of aging and the attendant expectations, myths, fears, and realities. The course examines an aging society as a public health success, the potential for building health futures, the health plan you want to be healthy in old age, and the potential for longer lives and how we unlock it. It addresses the roles public health currently plays and can play in shaping a society for an aging population. The course explores how a public health system—indeed, a society—optimized for an aging population stands to benefit all. The course also examines the physical, cognitive, and psychological aspects of aging, the exposures across our lives that affect these, the attributes and challenges of aging, keys to successful aging, and aging around the globe. The culminating project will design elements of our society that are needed to support the opportunity of having longer lives.
This course comprises lectures, class discussions, individual assignments, in-class case activities, and a group project in which students shall take an active role. You will be responsible for regular preparatory assignments, writing assignments, and one group project, and attending course sessions.