The Journal’s editors and authors are motivated by a belief that evolution has much to teach us about healthful living and effective healing.
The mission of the Journal of Evolution and Health is to explore how evolution has shaped and constrained human and animal biology, to develop insights into the major factors affecting health, and to translate those insights into practical methods for improving human and animal health.
Recognizing that knowledge relevant to its mission is dispersed across many academic and clinical disciplines, the Journal of Evolution and Health is an interdisciplinary publication that seeks contributions from a broad range of sources and seeks to promote communication among scholars and clinicians.
The Journal of Evolution and Health aims to build an interdisciplinary community of theorists, experimental researchers, clinicians, and laypersons who are united by an evolutionary perspective and who collaborate to develop and test improved methods of healing and living.
The scope of the Journal is broad. Disciplines represented include:
Biomedical sciences such as neuroscience, microbiology, and immunology
Evolutionary biology, ecology, and genetics
Dietary and Nutritional Science
Physiology and Exercise Science
History and social sciences of diet and health
Each of these disciplines addresses aspects of the Journal’s mission. The evolutionary forces shaping human and animal nature are explored by anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, geneticists, and evolutionary psychologists.
Major factors impacting human health – diet, lifestyle and physical activity, infectious disease, and gene variants – are subject to evolutionary selection, and are studied by the fields of food science and nutrition, physiology and exercise science, microbiology and immunology, and evolutionary biology and genetics.
To be translated into clinical practice, evolutionary insights must be taken up by psychologists, medical doctors, alternative medical practitioners, and veterinarians. Finally, the field of public health synthesizes a wide array of factors affecting health, and public policy exercises considerable influence over public health, medical practice, and dietary guidelines. Historians can address the history of health and of factors influencing health such as diet and lifestyle; social scientists and psychologists may helpfully address social factors that influence health, such as stress.