Course Description

Life 101, PHRMSCI 42

Covers the latest scientific work on the impact of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle choices on mental and physical health. Motivates students to make positive changes by fostering personal growth.

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Credit: 2 quarter units / 1.33 semester units credit
UC Irvine, Pharmaceutical Sciences

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More About The Course

Considering that stress levels and poor lifestyle choices in college students are increasing at an alarmingly fast pace, this course may serve as an effective educational tool to teach healthy lifestyle choices, promote students’ well-being and help them to recognize and manage their stress. The course is taught through a combination of lectures, multimedia videos, workshops and group discussions that would foster active learning. This course will encourage, challenge, motivate, and inspire students to make positive changes in their lifestyle and the way they interact with others and their environment.

Course Creator

Mahtab Jafari
Dr.  Mahtab Jafari is a professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the director of the newly launched “The UCI Center for Healthspan Sciences” at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach and dedicated to inspiring her students to create a work-life balance and achieve their health goals. The focus of her research has been on slowing the aging process and adding healthy years to human life through a science that she introduced as Healthspan Pharmacology. Using various model systems such as fruit flies, she has evaluated the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements on aging. She is now shifting the focus of her research to using OMIC-AI technologies to identify interventions that would ameliorate the progression of chronic diseases.
Dr. Jafari received her Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and completed a residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She was on the faculty at the UCSF School of Pharmacy prior to joining the faculty at UCI. She has also hold clinical positions such as Director of the Cholesterol Clinic and the Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program at UCI Medical Center. In 2001, she left academia and joined Abbott Laboratories as a senior scientist in the Neuroscience group and eventually became a regional medical scientific manager.  In 2005, she was recruited back to UCI to develop a new major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and help develop the new Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Dr. Jafari has been the recipient of a number of teaching and mentoring awards including the 2008 and 2013 UCI Distinguished Professor Teaching Award, 2008 UCI Chancellor’s award for Fostering Undergraduate Research, and the 2011 and 2013 UCI Pharmaceutical Sciences the Most Inspirational Professor Award. In 2012, she developed Life101 with the goal of teaching and inspiring her students to manage their stress and to adopt healthier lifestyle choices.
Dr.  Mahtab Jafari is a professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the director of the newly launched “The UCI Center for Healthspan Sciences” at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach and dedicated to inspiring her students to create a work-life balance and achieve their health goals. The focus of her research has been on slowing the aging ...

Dr.  Mahtab Jafari is a professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the director of the newly launched “The UCI Center for Healthspan Sciences” at the University of California, Irvine. She is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach and dedicated to inspiring her students to create a work-life balance and achieve their health goals. The focus of her research has been on slowing the aging process and adding healthy years to human life through a science that she introduced as Healthspan Pharmacology. Using various model systems such as fruit flies, she has evaluated the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements on aging. She is now shifting the focus of her research to using OMIC-AI technologies to identify interventions that would ameliorate the progression of chronic diseases.
Dr. Jafari received her Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and completed a residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She was on the faculty at the UCSF School of Pharmacy prior to joining the faculty at UCI. She has also hold clinical positions such as Director of the Cholesterol Clinic and the Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program at UCI Medical Center. In 2001, she left academia and joined Abbott Laboratories as a senior scientist in the Neuroscience group and eventually became a regional medical scientific manager.  In 2005, she was recruited back to UCI to develop a new major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and help develop the new Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Dr. Jafari has been the recipient of a number of teaching and mentoring awards including the 2008 and 2013 UCI Distinguished Professor Teaching Award, 2008 UCI Chancellor’s award for Fostering Undergraduate Research, and the 2011 and 2013 UCI Pharmaceutical Sciences the Most Inspirational Professor Award. In 2012, she developed Life101 with the goal of teaching and inspiring her students to manage their stress and to adopt healthier lifestyle choices.

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