I took LS2 with Dr. Esdin, and he was amazing. I have nothing bad to say about him. His lectures are clear and condensed so you know exactly what to study for. They were fast-paced but not impossible and kept you alert. His tests are fair and not bad at all if you study the lecture slides well.
Spring 2018 - This class is amazing, but it should be noted that it is specifically reserved for people registered for the TEACH program at UCLA. I highly recommend this class and the program--you learn so much interesting stuff that applies to your daily life, and actually made me interested in pursuing a public health minor! Dr. Esdin is an excellent professor as well. The class itself is pretty easy, nothing is too hard. You can tell by that grade distribution :)
Fall 2018 - Chances are, you are in taking this class, you are in the TEACH program. This class is much different from Public Health 160A, with it being student driven lectures rather than Dr. Esdin standing at a podium and lecturing. Each week there are topics, and you are in a group and presenting the topic to the class. 30 minute presentation, 15 minutes for questions afterward by your peers and Dr. Esdin. Your grade is based off your presentation, your participation at site, and the final. The Final isn't too bad. It varies from quarter to quarter. The class itself is great, just make sure you are incredibly thorough in your presentation so Dr. Esdin won't grill you too hard!
Summer 2016 - Have the course reader and textbook for PHYSCI 166. Email me at ************* Course Reader was for the Summer 2016 class Book is Animal Physiology 3rd Edition Hill/Wyse (may or may not be available. Amazing professor although I didn't do so well. He is very clear, and seemed like he truly wanted all his students to succeed.
I had Dr. Esdin for LS4. This was the first time he taught the class outside of UCLA extension on campus and he was great. The class is definitely not easy but manageable if you pay attention to class notes, do the genetic problems, and pay attention to the example problems he did in class. Most LS4 classes just have a bunch of genetic problems but Esdin will also add in short answer, multiple choice, and fill in the blank which adds to the difficulty. Some questions were very detail specific so make sure to pay attention during lecture. As for the genetic problems, emphasize the ones he did in class as opposed to the ones he did in the book to do well on those. He responds to emails usually within 24 hours and has plenty of office hours before exams. I would recommend taking him because he is a great lecturer and the exams were overall straight forward with usually only 1 or 2 hard questions out of 12-14.