The course focuses on the concepts of health and disease and their impact on society. It also focuses on the impacts of the structures and attitudes of society on health and disease. We will examine a number of health crises, especially AIDS, from the multiple viewpoints of science, medicine, public health, law, social prejudices, and the historical effects of health and disease.
Topics will include discussions of "Mad Cow Disease," syphilis, "Typhoid Mary," cholera, tuberculosis, influenza, smallpox, and the black death. About half the course will be devoted to AIDS. A useful reference for this course is AIDS Update 2004.
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This course is designed for non-science concentrators with little or no background in the sciences.
The course consists of two 90-minute lectures per week.