Topics course. Enrollment limit of 12: While rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) have been steadily decreasing, CVD remains one of the most fatal and costly diseases in the US, and great disparities in disease risk, treatment, and death remain. In this research seminar, we will explore traditional risk factors for CVD. We will learn about treatments for the disease, including lifestyle treatments and pharmaceuticals and their efficacy to reduce risk in various populations. We will explore historical, biological and social factors associated with health disparities in the disease. Emphasis will be placed on reading, scientific writing, and critical evaluation of seminal and current research in the field.