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This article is about the academic subject, for the journal see: Human Biology (journal)

Human biology is an interdisciplinary academic field of biology, biological anthropology, nutrition and medicine which focuses on humans; it is closely related to primate biology, and a number of other fields. The human biology major was founded in 1970 at Stanford University.

Research

Human biology research encompasses:

While undisputed boundaries do not exist, human biology is typically distinguished from conventional medical research by an enhanced focus on international, population-level perspectives on health, and on human evolution, adaptation, and population genetics rather than individual diagnosis.

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Human biology is an academic field that is part of biology, biological anthropology, and medicine which focuses on humans; it is closely related to primate biology, and a number of other fields.

Human biology research includes:

  • Genetic differences across human populations, present and past
  • Biological differences related to climate and other elements of the natural environment
  • Finding the risk of degenerative disease and infectious disease for different populations of people
  • Human growth and development
  • Biodemography

There are not exact boundaries between human biology and regular medical research. However, human biology usually focuses more on health for an entire group of people, and on human evolution, adaptation, and population genetics rather than individual health.

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