Courses in the History of Medicine
HMED 3001W: Health Care in History I
Lecture MWF: 10:10 - 11:00 am, plus discussion section
Instructor: Dr. Jole Shackeford
LE Requirements: Meets Historical Perspectives and Writing Intensive
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; helps explain the origins and appeal of today's alternative medicines as well.
HMED 3075: Technology and Medicine in Modern America
MW lecture: 12:20-1:10pm, one additional discussion section
LE Requirements: Meets Historical Perspectives and Technology & Society
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 4965W: Senior Research in Medical History
Tuesday seminar: 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Peter Kernahan
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 8112: Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Thursday seminar: 3:35 - 5:30 pm
Instructor: HSTM Faculty
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
Length: 3, 4, or 6 weeks
Periods offered: By arrangement
Sites: Biomedical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall
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
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.
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.