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Introduction to the Scientific Method and Introductory Concepts in Health and Disease

Spring 2022 Bio 1070 Health and Disease - Week 1 Lecture Notes

Objectives Covered

1. Explain what the scientific method is
2. Explain why scientists use the scientific method
3. Discuss steps in the scientific method
4. Differentiate between experimental and observational studies
5. Differentiate between dependent and independent variables
6. Identify questions to consider when evaluating whether to trust a health claim
7. Explain what "healthy" means
8. Differentiate between signs and symptoms
9. Differentiate between diagnosis and prognosis
10. Explain the role of epidemiologists
11. Identify the 9 categories of diseases
12. Identify the 5 major risk factors for disease
13. Identify major treatment approaches used by doctors