Spring 2020 - Dr. Kim-Farley really, really cares about this class, his students, and the field. His passion is easily apparent, and I really appreciated that he was very intentional about getting to know his students and what helped/didn't help them. He was very welcoming during office hours, encourages student participation, both during and after class. I liked that we spent a solid .5-1hr every class just talking about COVID-19 from a public health lens. He offers interesting personal anecdotes working for the CDC and WHO and shares information about how to be happy. The course was very straight-to-the-point. Do all the readings from the textbook and follow all the directions for the editorial (approx 500 words) and 3-4 minute student presentation. Participation was mandatory (REEF questions). The midterm and final were both multiple choice, and pretty much based on surface knowledge of the textbook (ie vocabulary). They were very easy questions if you studied key words. My only complaint about this class is that you can pretty much not pay attention during lecture and still get an A because we did not talk about the textbook at all during lecture. Lecture was reserved for student discussion, which I appreciated, but it still felt largely disconnected from the readings. Highly recommend! Great class and even better prof.
Fall 2020 - Took this as my first fiat lux as an incoming freshman. Not only are Dr. Kim-Farley and Dr. Matt Shea kindhearted individuals, but they are extremely interesting people. With Dr. Kim-Farley's medical background and Dr. Shea's philosophy and ethics background, there is nothing that goes uncovered in this class. To be fair, I had some awesome students in my section, but everyone was involved. The environment of this class really inspires you to explore different fields of public health.
Spring 2019 - One of the easiest science upper div's I have taken here at UCLA. Would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a grade boost. Basically, the whole class comes down to 1 midterm, 1 final, clicker questions, and an opinion editorial essay. Did not do a single reading at all. The class is structured such that every lecture, there is a guest lecturer talking about a public health topic (such as sleepiness, food health, epidemiology, etc.). All you have to do is show up to class, click for the clicker questions and record the answer for the clicker questions. Some of the clicker questions are utilized on the midterm/final. In order to do well on the exams, do the disucssion questions posted on CCLE that revolve around the lectures (most of the answer can be found on the powerpoint), review the powerpoints 2x, and memorize the clicker. This class is incredible doable, but probably the most boring class I have taken here at UCLA.