A Faculty Project Course – Best Professors Teaching the World
From the plagues that took millions of lives over the course of centuries to modern day concerns about bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, public health is a story of how nations have risen and fallen. It is a story of the human condition and human interactions. It is a story of survival and perseverance in the face of tragedy. Public health as a field is at a critical turning point. New technologies from social media to geographic information systems are changing the way we study understand the spread of disease. New methodologies from crowd sourcing to social network analysis are taking our focus away from seeing populations as groups of individuals. Instead, we now see individuals as dynamic parts of socially complex, emergent social networks.
This course introduces students to the field of public health and emphasizes where the field has been and where the field is going. Students are challenged to think of public health in new ways and to go beyond old paradigms that view public health as a field restricted to vaccinations or smoking cessation programs. Public health is presented as a fast paced field with new innovations that are changing the way that we approach disease and wellness.
Class begins soon. Enroll now and we’ll email you once the first lecture is up!