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Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2013



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Course Description

Infectious disease has affected world history more extensively than most of us can imagine. This course will examine infectious disease as both a mirror reflecting macro historical process and a causative agent of historical change. It will be divided into three parts. Part I examines the historical impact of infectious disease on domestic governance and international relations. Part II examines the social determinants of health and discusses how human responses to disease outbreaks led to growing interest in global governance for health. Part III features student presentations with regard to the global impact of infectious disease. By taking this course, students are expected to not only obtain an in-depth understanding of the impact of infectious disease but also learn to use some important analytical tools to study global health issues.