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Evolutionary Medicine Month at UCLA brings leaders from the field of evolutionary biology to speak to UCLA physicians, clinicians-in-training, research faculty and the broader UCLA medical community at the UCLA Department of Medicine Grand Rounds. The initiative also brings UCLA evolutionary biologists into physician working rounds and other medical settings to expose them to not only the culture of human medicine but to the kinds of questions for which an evolutionary approach would be applicable.  This activity is co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and UCLA Department of Medicine.

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The Evolutionary Medicine minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses that combine the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychology, and zoology with medicine to create new paradigms for investigating and understanding disease.

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At UCLA, we have a vibrant Program in Evolutionary Medicine that spans multiple departments throughout our campus. Students in the Master’s program study advanced topics in ecology and evolutionary biology in the context of current medical practice learning from the remarkable number of evolutionary biologists and ecologists who study health and disease across campus. The program includes both coursework and experiences within the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center such as Grand Round lectures at the David Geffen School of Medicine and other medical experiences. Students learn how and why ecological and evolutionary principles can be translated into biomedical successes. Graduates will be prepared for future medical and veterinary careers as well as academic graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.

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Through the UC-HBCU Initiative, students from HBCUs come to UCLA for intensive research experiences in evolutionary medicine and mentorship intended promote graduate studies in science.