MDU 4850 – Diseases of Eating

*Formerly MEL 4600


Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer C
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none
Syllabus: MDU 4850 Summer 2016 Syllabus
Professor: Joseph McNamara, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor, Eating Disorders Program at Springhill Health Center
Special Guest Lecturers: Anne Becker, MD/PhD, Harvard University
Kelly Brownell, PhD, Yale University
Course Coordinator: Danielle Cooke, B.S.
Registration: Log into ISIS [Listed under MEDICINE-GENERAL in undergrad course catalog]


Diseases of Eating takes a look into eating disorders and provides the scientific background essential to understanding key topics and contents. Healthy eating in normal individuals serves as a basis for describing diseases of eating. Eating Disorders, child and adulthood obesity, and possible contributing factors to diseases of eating are addressed. The course is designed for students with an interest in the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of eating disorders and obesity. Strategies for treatment and prevention are highlighted. The course emphasizes understanding of important concepts and relationships; however, this course is not intended to serve as a treatment guide.


After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain health nutrition and what normal eating looks like
  • Distinguish between Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating disorder
  • Discuss the concept of “food addiction” and its possible contribution to obesity


To start course: This course is now offered in Canvas. In order to access this course, please go to and click “e-learning in Canvas.” Please log in with your Gatorlink and password. Your courses should be listed on the top of the screen when you click on “Courses.”