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The History of Medicine and Public Health: Changing Concepts of Health and Disease

  Course Syllabus, Fall Semester 2006 (PDF, 84K)

Instructor: Professor Sheila M. Rothman
Fall Semester, 2006

This course will be developed to examining key conceptual categories in the history of public health and medicine. It will focus on how changing definitions of health and disease, gender and the body and race and ethnicity have shaped our understanding of the health of individuals, specific populations and the public.


Oral Presentations and Class Participation: 50% of the grade

The class will be conducted in a seminar format. Students will be expected to participate fully in the discussions. Each week, individual students will prepare brief oral presentations on one of the readings, to be delivered at the beginning of the class. 

The final two sessions of the class will be devoted to a discussion of an important evolving issue in public health policy.  The group will divided into two sections, each presenting a distinct perspective on the issue and addressing a specific set of questions. 

Written Assignments: 50% of the grade

The course is divided into three sections. Students will be expected to write one five page paper for each of the three sections. Each paper is to be based on the student’s’ analysis of the readings of that section. It should discuss the implications of the readings for current public health policy. The first paper will be due October 16, 2006. The second paper will be due November 13, 2006. The third paper will be due December 11, 2006.

  Course Syllabus, Fall Semester 2006 (PDF, 84K)

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