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Spring 2017

HMED 3002W: Health Care in History II

Credits: 4
Lecture MWF: 10:10 - 11:00 am, plus discussion section
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Gunn
LE Requirements: Meets Historical Perspectives and Writing Intensive

Description
Investigates the development and meanings of health care, medical science, and practice from 1800 to the present. Key themes include: the rise of biomedicine and medicine's cultural authority, professionalization, alternative medicine, public health, hospitals and technology, the political economy of health care, and the social determinants of health in historical context.

HMED 3040: Human Health, Disease, and the Environment

Credits: 3
TuTh lecture: 9:45-11:00 am
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Jole Shackelford
LE Requirements: Meets Historical Perspectives

Description
Introduction to the historical relationship of human health and the environment, and the role of disease as an actor in human history. Examines ways in which pathogens and human-induced environmental changes altered our experiences with disease and our prospects for health. Offers hands-on historical research experience.

HMED 4960: Senior Research Topics in Medical History

Credits: 3-4
Thursday seminar: 2:45 - 5:00 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Peter Kernahan

Description
Designed to help students plan and complete an original senior paper using historical and social science research methods. Includes discussing and practicing critical reading, developing research questions for a semester project, evaluating sources, and using both primary and secondary materials. Intended for students working on final projects for the Biology, Society and Environment major, UROP, honors theses, and disciplines where historical research methods are required.

HMED 8002: Foundations in the History of Modern Medicine, 1800-present

Credits: 3
Tuesday seminar: 1:25 – 3:20 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Dominique Tobbell

Description
History of Western medicine in Europe and America, from the Paris School and pathological anatomy in early 19c France through germ theories of disease, bacteriological revolution, reform of medical education, pharmaceutical revolution, growth of biomed research establishment, and comparative health care delivery systems.

HMED 8113: Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Credits: 3
Thursday seminar: 3:35 - 5:30 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: HSTM Faculty

Description
This graduate-level seminar is an introduction to sources, methods, and problems of research in the history of science, technology, and medicine. The seminar involves the preparation of a major research paper under faculty supervision. This course meets with HSCI 8113.

HMED 7500: Historical Research for Medical Students

Course Availability
Length: 3, 4, or 6 weeks
Periods offered: By arrangement
Sites: Biomedical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall
Limit: 5
Prerequisites: none
Course director: HMED Faculty
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Gunn, (612) 624-1909, Dr. Dominique A Tobbell, (612) 626-5114, Dr. Jole Shackelford, (612) 624-4499
Report first day: By appointment at History of Medicine Office, 511A Diehl Hall

Description
This course is designed to acquaint third and fourth year medical students with the sources and the methods of historical research in medical topics and to allow them to undertake a short research project on a topic which they help design. Possible topics include the development of the specialty they plan to enter, the history of a particular disease, or aspects of the health care system. The research project will result in a short paper.

Competencies and Objectives

  • To learn some of the basic issues and sources in the history of medicine.
  • To design a historical research project.
  • To gain familiarity with how historical sources may be found and to use a historical library or archive for research purposes.
  • To prepare a research paper in medical history using the standard scholarly apparatus to make and document an argument or interpretation.

Student Assessment

Students will be evaluated on the interest and importance of their topic, on the quality of their research, and on their success in making and supporting an argument or interpretation in their paper.

Special Instructions

At least two weeks before the period begins, contact one of the instructors to discuss your interest with him/her.

 

Fall 2016

HMED 3001W: Health Care in History II

Credits: 4
Lecture MWF: 10:10 - 11:00 am, plus discussion section
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Jole Shackelford
LE Requirements: Meets Historical Perspectives and Writing Intensive

Description
A writing intensive survey of the history of Western biomedical ideas, research, and health care practices from the ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foundations to the early nineteenth century, and helps explain the origins and appeal of today's alternative medicines as well. 

HMED 3075: Technology and Medicine in Modern America 

Credits: 3
MW lecture: 11:15am-12:05pm, plus discussion section
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Dominique Tobbell
LE Requirements: Meets Historical Perspectives and Technology & Society

Description
How did technology come to medicine’s center-stage? This course examines the impact of technology on the production of medical knowledge, professionalization, the development of medical institutions/industry relations, health policy, and gender and race disparities in health care.

HMED 4960: Senior Research Topics in Medical History

Credits: 3-4
Tuesday seminar: 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Peter Kernahan

Description
Designed to help students plan and complete an original senior paper using historical and social science research methods. Includes discussing and practicing critical reading, developing research questions for a semester project, evaluating sources, and using both primary and secondary materials. Intended for students working on final projects for the Biology, Society and Environment major, UROP, honors theses, and disciplines where historical research methods are required.

HMED 8001: Foundations in the History of Early Medicine

Credits: 3
Thursday seminar: 3:35-5:30 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Jole Shackelford

Description
History of Western medicine, from professionalization of healing in Greco-Egyptian antiquity to association of postmortem pathology with disease and clinical movement of early 19th-century Paris.

HMED 8220: Disease and the Culture and Politics of Health

Credits: 3
Monday seminar: 1:25-3:20 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Dominique Tobbell

Description
In this graduate seminar we will examine how concepts of disease and health have changed over time and across place. We’ll move from debates over the identity of the Black Death in 14th century Europe to the treatment of infectious diseases in Imperial China and colonial India, and to the contested diagnoses of AIDS and fetal alcohol syndrome in late 20th century health care politics. Along the way we’ll evaluate the different methodological approaches used by scholars to study the history of disease, and we’ll examine the ways in which social values, cultural assumptions, and political interests have shaped how diseases have been defined, experienced, and treated, and we’ll consider the role that diseases have played in the shaping of health care institutions, policies, and practices. At the same time, we’ll examine the processes of medicalization and demedicalization; colonialism, post-colonialism, and the politics of state-building; the ecological understandings of disease, environmentalism, and the politics of place; and the increasingly visible role of the politicized consumer and patient activist in late 20th century.

HMED 8112: Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Credits: 3
Wednesday seminar: 3:35 - 5:30 pm
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: HSTM Faculty

Description
This graduate-level seminar is an introduction to sources, methods, and problems of research in the history of science, technology, and medicine. The seminar involves the preparation of a major research paper under faculty supervision. This course meets with HSCI 8112.

HMED 7500: Historical Research for Medical Students

Course Availability
Length: 3, 4, or 6 weeks
Periods offered: By arrangement
Sites: Biomedical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall
Limit: 5
Prerequisites: none
Course director: HMED Faculty
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Gunn, (612) 624-1909, Dr. Dominique A Tobbell, (612) 626-5114, Dr. Jole Shackelford, (612) 624-4499
Report first day: By appointment at History of Medicine Office, 511A Diehl Hall

Description
This course is designed to acquaint third and fourth year medical students with the sources and the methods of historical research in medical topics and to allow them to undertake a short research project on a topic which they help design. Possible topics include the development of the speciality they plan to enter, the history of a particular disease, or aspects of the health care system. The research project will result in a short paper

Competencies and Objectives

  • To learn some of the basic issues and sources in the history of medicine.
  • To design a historical research project.
  • To gain familiarity with how historical sources may be found and to use a historical library or archive for research purposes.
  • To prepare a research paper in medical history using the standard scholarly apparatus to make and document an argument or interpretation.

Student Assessment

Students will be evaluated on the interest and importance of their topic, on the quality of their research, and on their success in making and supporting an argument or interpretation in their paper.

Special Instructions

At least two weeks before the period begins, contact one of the instructors to discuss your interest with him/her.