This course is a detailed exploration of what makes us sick, how different pathogens invade our bodies, how our body protects itself, and how diseases emerge and spread through populations. Students will distinguish between communicable and non-communicable diseases. Students will explore how disease has shaped human history and how humans have shaped the evolution of disease. This course will take a close look at the leading causes of death in large populations and the dynamics of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This single semester course concludes with a presentation project where students conduct in-depth research on both the epidemiology and historical impact of a disease of their choice.