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Welcome to the Program in the History of Medicine
at the University of Minnesota!

The Program is dedicated to research and teaching of the intellectual and social history of disease, health care, and medical science in all their aspects. At the Graduate level, we have merged with the Program in the History of Science and Technology to form a joint Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.  We offer:

  • Graduate work leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees
  • Undergraduate elective courses and an undergraduate minor
  • Historical segments in the Medical School curriculum
  • An annual lecture series

MEDHISTMED Spring 2015 Course Flyer PDF

 Twin Cities Research Opportunities:

We are fortunate to possess excellent research facilities at the University of Minnesota. The Program shares a floor of the Biomedical Library with the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine which currently holds in excess of 60,000 volumes and has an active acquisitions program. The University also houses important manuscripts and papers in the Social Welfare History Archives, the Immigration History Research Center, and the Charles H. Babbage Institute-Center for the History of Information Technology. Other important sources in medical history in the Twin Cities include the Minnesota Historical Society and State Archives and the Bakken Library and Museum of Electricity in Life.

Mark your Calendars

Dec. 1, 2014
HMED Lunchtime Lecture Series
"The Detroit Medical Center: Race, Renewal, and the Medicalized Motor City after 1950"
Jessica Nickrand, Prog. in the History of Medicine, Univ. of Minnesota
12:20-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall

Dec. 5, 2014
HSTM Friday Colloquium Series
"Vulnerable Subjects, Vulnerable Knowledge: Children's Chemical Testing Programs in the United States and European Union."
Arthur Daemmrich, Univ. of Kansas
3:35-5:00pm, 131 Tate Lab of Physics

Spring 2015 Courses 

HMED 3002: Health Care in History II
HMED 3040: Human Health, Disease, and the Environment in History
HMED 4960: Senior Research Topics in Medical History
HMED 7500: Historical Research for Health Professional Students
HMED 8002:  Foundations in the History of Modern Medicine: "Health Care in Global Perspective since 1800"

Registration will be available through OneStop

Recent Publications

Jole Shackelford, Northern Lights and Northern Times: Swedish Leadership in the Foundation of Biological Rhythms Research, American Philosophical Society, 2013.

Dominique Tobbell, "Plow, Town, and Gown: The Politics of Family Practice in 1960s America," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87 (2013): 648-680.

Jennifer Gunn, " Back to the Future: Minnesota's Rural Health Workforce Shortages,” Minnesota Medicine 96 (2013): 41-45.



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