This course will explore topics related to personalized healthcare and its potential to change how we approach health. These topics will address major policy and research efforts related to personalized medicine and personalized health care such as President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and the Affordable Care Act. We will explore how healthcare and medicine have evolved towards personalization over the last few decades.
The course will focus on prevention, personalized and predictive medicine, and current integrative strategies for improving how individuals manage their own health. We will use the specific example of Personalized Health Care, a method being developed and tested here at Duke. We will discuss the opinions of students, highlight how current events apply to our topic, and connect the readings to presentations by guest speakers who are experts in personalized health care, including Dr. Ralph Snyderman, Chancellor Emeritus of Duke Health Systems who has been deemed “the Father of Personalized Medicine” by many. Students will be given the opportunity to work in groups to apply what they have learned to specific healthcare scenarios.