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Health Sciences: Epidemics in Hist & Imaginatn

HSCI 102 OL1 (CRN: 61588)

3 Credit Hours

About HSCI 102 OL1

Explores epidemic disease through the lens of history and fiction. Students will learn about what makes a disease epidemic or pandemic, how the causes of disease have been discovered, and interventions to stop the spread of disease.



Dates: July 3 - August 11, 2017; Pre-req: HSCI, CDE and degree students with SOPH standing

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Section Description

This is one of three key courses in the HSCI major, but open to others who are interested in health and epidemics. The course will teach you about the nature and exploration of major epidemics from a scientific view but also about epidemiology, imagination, history and fiction, and how science and human nature interrelate to help us understand both the science and the human experience of major global disasters. The course involves reading scientific, historical and fictional materials to get a good grounding in one of the key sciences related to public health , the effect of historical events, and appreciation of the humanities that tempers our understanding of its impact.

Section Expectation

It is assumed that all students will be engaged learners; that they will read carefully and thoughtfully, analyze the history and the state of the science, draw superficial and deep conclusions and write clearly about the role of epidemiologists and those who communicate the news and meaning of epidemics. Feel free to ask questions and to use the blog. Reading (weekly readings) Discussion board work with classmates (discussion of science, history and fiction) Individual analyses of science, history, and fiction. as all three disciplines converge on epidemiology. One term paper on either of two topics: a. Science and the impact of science on epidemiological/historical fiction, or b. The impact of fiction, theatre, cinematics, or art on our understanding of epidemiology and our appreciation of the human nature of science. (if you can disentangle these two, you are likely to earn an A!) One quiz on the nature of major epidemics and their timing.


How well you read and respond to questions posed by your classmates 20% How well you addressed the questions I pose and require answers to 20% One test on the nature and timing of major epidemics 20% Final Paper 30% Mechanics of grammar and organization; artfulness or originality 10%




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