Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases: A Public Health Perspective

GEN ST 162

The fetal period is a critical time that contributes to the developmental origins of life course health and disease. Research on the fetal origins of adult diseases (FOAD) has made significant contributions to our understanding of life course health. Recent advances in the “-omics sciences” (e.g., genomics and epigenomics) have facilitated significant progress in the field, and are poised to generate breakthroughs in the coming years. A public health perspective is critical to leverage work in this area, ensure translation and eventually improve the health of the community.

Course Curriculum and Features

This course provides an overview of research on FOAD and proposed hypotheses. We’ll explore the scientific literature to assess available epidemiologic evidence for fetal origins of adult disease. You’ll examine the role and contributions of maternal characteristics — dietary, lifestyle, environmental exposure and socio-economic — in the origins of cardiometabolic diseases, asthma, allergies, immune diseases, infectious diseases, cancer and mental disorders. We’ll also discuss the mechanisms for the fetal origins of diseases (e.g. epigenetics), public health implications and future areas of research. 

Designed For

Those planning for training and careers in public health, medicine, basic sciences and public policy.


Daniel A. Enquobahrie
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Dates & Times

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.