History of Public Health – JHSPH 550.605.81
This 2005 JHSPH OpenCourseWare graduate course examines the historical experience of health and illness from a population perspective. This material seeks to reveal how the organization of societies facilitates or mitigates the production and transmission of disease. It also investigates how populations and groups of individuals go about securing their health. One key theme is the medical management of space in one form or another - from the public space of the environment, through institutional spaces such as schools and workplaces, to personal/individual body space.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to examine public health through its historical context and use this information in the evaluation of current public health issues.
The content of this course is divided into eight separate lectures held over a period of eight weeks. The lecture sections are presented sequentially and should be listened to in that order.
There will be two types of discussion sessions in this course: LiveTalks and Bulletin Board discussions. Both of these discussion sessions involved all the students and the original professor Dr. Mooney. The four Bulletin Board sessions revolved around discussion questions posed by Dr. Mooney.
MP3 files of the lectures are available; however, JHSPH did not make any lecture slides available to go along with the audio material.
Two texts were originally required for the course:
- Ibsen, Henrik (1964). "A Public Enemy" in Ghosts and Other Plays, trans. Peter Watts, London: Penguin Books.
- Porter, Dorothy (1999). Health, Civilization, and the State: A History of Public Health from Ancient to Modern Times.
Recommended reading was also assigned for every session. Consult the Recommended Reading associated with each session.
Additional Course Information
This document contains a description of each lecture, general reading for the course, and recommended reading for each session: History of Public Health - Additional Course Information