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Fall 2018-2019
* AMS 306 / GHP 411 (SA)   na, npdf

Issues in American Public Health

Leslie E. Gerwin

The study of public health is an interdisciplinary inquiry involving issues of politics, policy, history, science, law, philosophy, ethics, geography, sociology, environmental studies, and economics, among others. Students will examine the government's role in assuring and promoting health, through the exploration of issues on America's "public health agenda," such as epidemic response, tobacco use, the impact of weight on health, mandatory vaccination, disease prevention, and violence. In doing so, they will consider the impact of race, income, gender, place and environment, education, capitalism and democracy on health outcomes.

Sample reading list:
Daniel Wikler, Persuasion and Coercion for Health
Colgrove & Bayer, Manifold Restraints
George Annas, Blinded by Bioterrorism
MacQueen & Buehler, Ethics, Practice and Research in Public Health
R. Shep Melnick, Tobacco Litigation
Abigail Saguy, What's Wrong with Fat?
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 70-120 pp. reading per week. In-class exercises, mid-term, and final project. Group project will allow collaborative and creative analysis of a current public health issue.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Optional
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Reading assignments will include preparation for in-class exercises involving congressional testimony on mandatory vaccination laws; regulatory impact analysis of e-cigarettes; political desirability of emergency powers legislation; debate over legitimacy of government regulation of risky personal behavior; critical examination of whether America has a weight problem. PLEASE CONTACT TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20302 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   307   Enrolled:16 Limit:12 Closed