History | History of Public Health
J300 | 26052 | Riley


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
J300:  also open to non-majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section
Above section open to undergraduates only

Public health treats one of the most important areas where human
intervention has helped people live longer and populations make the
transition from life expectancy at birth under 30 years to more than
80 years in the most advanced countries.  This course deals with the
development of means for preventing disease in the community from
about 1800 to the present.

Here are some of the topics we’ll explore: theories about disease,
preventing cholera and other fecal diseases, who had/has
tuberculosis and why?, tobacco and the public’s health, the Jamaica
paradox (why do people in some low-income countries live as long as
the people in rich countries?), the health problems of rich
countries, the health problems of poor countries, HIV/AIDS and
emergent diseases, and terrorism and the use of diseases as weapons.

Readings from interesting articles, books, and web sites.  Class
analysis and discussion of important problems and issues.  Grades
based on seven papers, one report, and contributions to class
discussion.