Global Health History

Efforts to improve global health have a long and tumultuous history.  This course seeks to provide a macro-level understanding of this history through a brief outline of global health efforts.  Beginning with colonial conceptions of health, this course traces global health efforts through the therapeutic revolution, eradication campaigns, the primary health care movement, and the development movement.  Several themes emerge in this course,  such as the role of bureaucracies, the attitude of ethnocentricity, and the tension between medicine and public health.  The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of past efforts in order to develop a framework for future ones.