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550.609.01 LIFE AND DEATH IN CHARM CITY: HISTORIES OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN BALTIMORE, 1750 TO THE PRESENT

Department: Extradepartmental
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Graham Mooney
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
Description:

Critically explores a range of important topics in the history of public health in Baltimore from the mid-18th century to the present, including: migration and health; sewers and water supply; infectious disease control (for example, tuberculosis and STDs); housing and lead poisoning; rodent control. Recurrent themes are racial inequality, the geography of poverty and the multiple challenges of urban government. Focuses on the city of Baltimore, but the issues discussed are placed in their wider national and international contexts and take into account broad historical developments in the theory and practice of public health.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe a variety of key public health issues in Baltimore between 1750-2000
Discuss and appreciate the historical origins of some of Baltimore’s current public health challenges
Assess the impact of policy interventions on the health of Baltimore’s population
Critically discuss the changing relationship between local, state and federal agencies (governmental and non-governmental) in the formation, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions in Baltimore
Locate, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative primary source materials (such as published and unpublished government documents, newspaper reports, maps and images)

Methods of Assessment: mid-term assignment (35%); presentation (15%); final paper (50%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 10:30 - 11:50
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail