Environments and Health

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Course Number: 
HSOC 158 920
Instructor: 

LAFAY, ELAINE

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Crosslistings: 
STSC158920
Course Description: 

From the ancient belief that airs, waters, and places impacted one’s health, to contemporary concerns about obesity and Swine Flu, medical professionals and the public have long explored connections between physical environments and human health.  Using an historical perspective, this seminar will examine changing conceptualizations of this interrelationship, within the U.S. and abroad.  Discussion topics will include: Climate and disease; Imperialism, the tropics, and health; Urbanization, industrialization and illness; Medical tourism; Rise of the New Public Health; Race, class, and unhealthy places; Workers’ health in the field and the office; Zoonotic diseases; Hurricane Katrina and un/natural disasters; Contemporary diseases and medical geography. This seminar is oriented toward students interested in Environmental Studies; Health and Societies; Science, Technology and Societies; and public and international health.

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