History | Global Health
W300 | 0386 | Riley
Many things have combined in the last 200 years to make health much
more a common global experience than it was earlier. Diseases once
limited to certain areas, such as cholera and the West Nile virus,
have found pathways into the broader world. Public health remedies
devised in one place, especially the British invention of water
filtration and sewage systems, have been globalized. Medical
information acquired in one place, such as Kochís or Pasteurís lab,
has been dispersed, and medical technology invented at one locale
has been spread globally. Whereas in 1800 people everywhere mostly
adhered to their own systems of traditional medicine, by 2000 they
shared a common set of ideas about how to prevent, manage, and treat
disease. And while in 1800 people were typically responsible for
their own health, since then state and national governments,
international government organizations such as the World Health
Organization and non-governmental organizations such as the Gates
and Rockefeller foundations, have all gotten involved in protecting
This course will examine the evolution from local to global health,
and study the many groups and institutions involved in global health.
Two exams, part essay and part short answer, plus a research paper.
Readings from articles, books, and web sites.