Public Health-Related Classes

Below we've compiled some of the public-health related classes for the fall 2014 semester. Visit OCI for the most up-to-date information on each of these listings.

FALL 2014

AMST 247/ HSHM 202 / FILM 244 / HIST 147 / HLTH 170
Media and Medicine in Modern America
Gretchen Berland and John H Warner
T, TH – 10:30-11:20am

Relationships between medicine, health, and the media in the United States from 1870 to the present. The changing role of the media in shaping conceptions of the body, creating new diseases, influencing health and health policy, crafting the image of the medical profession, informing expectations of medicine and constructions of citizenship, and the medicalization of American life.

ANTH 257 / GLBL 221 / HLTH 260
Biocultural and Ecological Perspectives on Global Health
Catherine Panter-Brick
M, W – 1:30-2:20pm

Overview of the biological, social, individual, and structural determinants of health in the Western and non-Western world. Health, well-being, health care systems, and health-seeking behaviors situated in their broader ecological, biomedical, social, economic, political, and moral contexts. Critical perspectives on local and global approaches to understanding health problems and health interventions.

CSTD 310
The Doctor-Patient Relationship
Julian Prokopetz
M – 3:30-5:20pm

Physician and patient perspectives on the doctor-patient relationship in the American health care system. Relevant laws; the challenges of interactions such as medical malpractice, assisted suicide, and financial conflicts of interest; the extent to which current policy mirrors patients' intuition about what is right or wrong.

ECON 170
Health Economics and Public Policy
Howard P Forman
T, Th – 2:30-3:45pm

Application of economic principles to the study of the U.S. health care system. Emphasis on basic principles about the structure of the U.S. system, current problems, proposed solutions, and the context of health policy making and politics.

ENGL 114 (Sect 22)
Writing Seminars: Living Well Dying Well
Anne Schindel
M, W – 4:00-5:15pm
When is a life good? Is there ever a right time to die? And if possible, would we choose to live forever? This seminar explores such questions from the perspectives of bioethics, law, psychology, and philosophy.

ENGL 460
Scientific and Environmental Writing
Carl Zimmer
T – 9:25-11:15am

An intensive workshop in writing about science and the environment for a broad audience. Translating complex subjects into elegant prose, conducting interviews, handling controversies, researching articles, and finding one's voice. Readings include exemplary works ranging from newspaper articles to book excerpts.

EP&E 380 / PLSC 313
Bioethics, Politics, and Economics
Stephen Latham
W – 1:30-3:20pm

Ethical, political, and economic aspects of a number of contemporary issues in biomedical ethics. Topics include abortion, assisted reproduction, end-of-life care, research on human subjects, and stem cell research.

GLBL 189 / GLBL 589 / HLTH 325 / LAST 416
Methods and Ethics: Global Health Research
Leslie Curry
Th – 1:30-3:20pm

Introduction to research methods in global health that recognize the influence of political, economic, social, and cultural factors. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches; ethical aspects of conducting research in resource-constrained settings; the process of obtaining human subjects' approval. Students develop proposals for short-term global health research projects conducted in resource-constrained settings.

GLBL 320
Conflict, Resilience, and Health
Catherine Panter-Brick
M – 3:30-5:20pm

Review of the many intersections of health, resilience, and conflict including military, ethnic, religious, and interpersonal conflict. Evidence for the impact of conflict on both physical and emotional well-being; examination of the psychological, social, and governmental dimensions of resilience.

HIST 143J             
American Cultural History of Mental Illness
Stephen J Vider
W – 1:30-3:20pm

Conceptions and treatment of mental illness in the United States from the mid-1800s to the present. Variations in ideas about mental illness and social deviance over time and in different regions; ways in which those ideas have shaped, and been shaped by, conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality; the treatment of mental illness as a form of social control.

HLTH 081
Issues in Medicine and Public Health
Robert J Bazell
T, TH – 1:00-2:15pm

Analysis of issues in public health and medicine that get extensive media attention and provoke policy debates. Topics include vaccination, the value of cancer screening and genetic testing, determinants of a healthy lifestyle, the U.S. role in global health, and the cost of health care.

HTLH 155 / MCDB 106
Malaria, Lyme, and Vector Born Diseases
Alexia Belperron
M, W – 1:00-2:15pm

ntroduction to the biology of pathogen transmission from one organism to another by insects; special focus on malaria and Lyme disease. Biology of the pathogens including modes of transmission and establishment of infection; immune responses and the associated challenges to prevention and treatment.

HLTH 230
Global Health Challenges and Response
Richard Skolnik
T, Th – 2:30-3:45pm

Overview of the determinants of health and how health status is measured, with emphasis on low- and middle-income countries. The burden of disease, including who is most affected by different diseases and risk factors; cost-effective measures for addressing the problem. The health of the poor, equity and inequality, and the relationship between health and development.

HLTH 330
Case Studies in Global Health Research
Richard Skolnik
T, Th- 4:00-5:15pm

Exploration of three important themes in the study of global health: efforts to eradicate communicable disease, attempts to reform health systems, and investments to achieve more equity and equality in health services delivery. Case studies examined from historical, economic, technical, epidemiological, political, sociological, and managerial perspectives.

HLTH 490
Global Health Research Colloquium
Elizabeth H Bradley and Kristina M Talbert-Slagle
Th – 1:30-3:20pm

Development of findings from recent summer fieldwork into material suitable for publication. Attention to methodological approaches and ethical considerations in research. Students meet as a group regularly to present research, evaluate progress, and offer constructive feedback.

HSHM 007 / HUMS 076
Epidemics in Global Perspective
William C Summers
M,W – 2:30-3:45pm

Interaction of epidemic diseases and society. The response of government, medicine, and the public to the threat or actual presence of widespread contagious diseases. The notion of major epidemics as one of the key contingencies of history, critically examined through contemporary medical, political, and literary accounts. The changing responses of societies and governments to epidemics as well as the reasons for those responses.

MB&B 050
Topics in Cancer Biology
Sandy Chang
M,W – 1:00-2:15

Introduction to cancer as a genetic disease, with a focus on major discoveries in cancer biology that offer mechanistic insights into the disease process. A brief history of cancer; influence of the genomic revolution on cancer diagnostics; molecular defects underlying specific cancers; current and future cancer therapeutics. Patient case studies highlight specific molecular pathways and treatment strategies.

MB&B 105 / MCDB 105
Issues Approach to Biology
John R Carlson, Joshua M Gendron and William C Summers
M, W – 11:35-12:25pm

Biological concepts taught in context of current societal issues, such as stem cell research and genetically modified organisms. Emphasis on biological literacy to enable students to evaluate scientific arguments.

MB&B 449 / GENE 749 / MB&B 749
Medical Impact of Basic Science
Andrew Miranker, David G Schatz, Joan Steitz, Karla Neugebauer, Patrick Sung, and Thomas A Steitz
M,W – 1:00-2:15pm

Examples of recent discoveries in basic science that have elucidated the molecular origins of disease or that have suggested new therapies for disease. Readings from the primary scientific and medical literature, with emphasis on developing the ability to read this literature critically.

MCDB 050
Immunology and Microbes
Paula B Kavathas
T, Th -2:30-3:45pm

Introduction to the immune system and its interaction with specific microbes. Attention both to microbes that cause illness, such as influenza, HIV, and HPV, and to microbes that live in harmony with humans, collectively called the microbiome. Readings include novels and historical works on diseases such as polio and AIDS.

MCDB 430
Biology of the Immune System
Akiko Iwasaki, Carla Rothlin, David G Schatz, Eric Meffre, Joao Pedro S Pereira, Kevan C Herold, Mark Shlomchik, Peter Cresswell, Ruslan Medzhitov,  and Susan Kaech
M, W, F – 9:25-10:15

The development of the immune system. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of immune recognition. Effector responses against pathogens. Immunologic memory and vaccines. Human diseases including allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, and HIV/AIDS.

PLSC 281 / PHIL 334 / RLST 273
Issues in Bioethics
Stephen Latham
T, Th – 11:35-12:25pm

A selective survey of issues in biomedical ethics. Comparison of different points of view about biomedical issues, including religious vs. secular and liberal vs. conservative. Special attention to issues in research and at the beginning and end of life.

PLSC 281
Political Economy of Health Care
Peter Swensen
M,W – 4:00-5:15pm

Political and economic factors that have influenced efforts to achieve quality, economy, and equality in the delivery of American health care since the early twentieth century; some attention to international comparisons. Medical licensing; drug regulation; malpractice law; provider payment and care management; guaranteed health insurance; emergence of the private, employer-based insurance system; recent legislative actions and controversies concerning the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

PSYC 355
Clinical Psych in Community
Kristi Lockhart
M – 2:30-4:20pm

Mental disorders as they are treated within a community setting. Students participate in a fieldwork placement, working either one-on-one or in groups with the psychiatrically disabled. Seminar meetings focus on such topics as the nature of severe mental disorders, the effects of deinstitutionalization, counseling skills, and social policy issues related to mental health.

STAT 101
Intro Statistics: Life Sciences
Jonathan D Reuning-Scherer and Walter Jetz
T, Th – 1:00-2:15pm

Statistical and probabilistic analysis of biological problems, presented with a unified foundation in basic statistical theory. Problems are drawn from genetics, ecology, epidemiology, and bioinformatics.

STAT 105
Intro Statistics: Medicine
Jonathan D Reuning-Scherer
T, Th – 1:00-2:15pm

Statistical methods used in medicine and medical research. Practice in reading medical literature competently and critically, as well as practical experience performing statistical analysis of medical data.