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AFST 618: Communication and Healing. Sanneh

The course deals with practical issues of communication about health and healing in South Africa. It focuses on the Nguni language environment (Zulu/Xhosa/Swati/ Ndebele) but also addresses some issues relating to other South African languages. The course offers an introduction to Zulu language in the context of health, and to social and cultural issues surrounding the origins of suffering, the articulation of symptoms, and the role of the family, traditional healers, and Western medical practitioners. Particular attention is given to HIV/AIDS in the community and to the status and attitudes of young people.

Sandra Sanneh
AFST 839: Environmental History of Africa. Harms

An examination of the interaction between people and their environment in Africa and the ways in which this interaction has affected or shaped the course of African history.

Robert Harms
ANTH 455/WGSS 459: Masculinity and Men's Health. Inhorn

Ethnographic approaches to masculinity and men's health around the globe. Issues of ethnographic research design and methodology; interdisciplinary theories of masculinity; contributions of men's health studies from Western and non-Western sites to social theory, ethnographic scholarship, and health policy.

Marcia Inhorn
ANTH 455/WGSS 459
ANTH 552: Epistemologies of Health, Medicine and Science. Brotherton

This seminar will review theoretical positions and debates in the burgeoning fields of medical anthropology and science and technology studies (STS). We will begin this seminar by reading Georges Canguilhem’s The Normal and the Pathological as a starting point to explore how “disease” and “health” in the early 19-century became inseparable from political, economic, and technological imperatives. By highlighting the epistemological foundations of modern biology and medicine, the remainder of this seminar will then focus on major perspectives in, and responses to, critical studies of health and medicine, subjectivity and the body, psychiatric anthropology, global health, and humanitarianism and medicine.

P. Sean Brotherton
ANTH 552
ANTH 557: Culture, Power, & Identity in Caribbean/Anthropology of the Body. Brotherton

Drawing on a wide and interdisciplinary range of texts, both classic and more recent, this course examines the theoretical debates of the body as a subject of anthropological, historical, psychological, medical, and literary inquiry. We explore specific themes, for example, the persistence of the mind/body dualism; experiences of embodiment/alienation; phenomenology of the body; Foucauldian notions of bio-politics, bio-power, and the ethic of the self; the medicalized body; and the gendered body, among other salient themes.

P. Sean Brotherton
ANTH 572: Social Science Approaches to Environmental Perturbation and Change. Dove

An advanced seminar on the long tradition of social science scholarship on environmental perturbation and natural disasters, the relevance of which has been heightened by the current global attention to climate change. Topics covered include the academic literature on the social dimension of natural disasters, illustrated with a case study of volcanic hazard; the discursive dimensions of environmental degradation, focusing on deforestation and other case studies; climate change, including discursive dimensions at the global level; the current debate about the relationship between resource wealth and political conflict, focusing on the "green war" thesis, and the case of tropical forest commodities; and alternative perspectives on sustainable environmental relations, based on interdisciplinary work and work in the humanities. Three-hour lecture/seminar. Enrollment limited to twenty.

Michael Dove
ANTH 583: Health Disparities and Health Equity. Panter-Brick

A biocultural perspective on debates in medical anthropology and global health that focus on health disparities and equity. The intersection of biological and cultural issues in matters of health research and intervention. Application of theoretical frameworks to case studies in global health inequality.

Catherine Panter-Brick
BIS 511: GIS Applications in Epidemiology and Public Health. Holford

The study of epidemiology often seeks to determine associations between exposure risk and disease that are spatially dependent. Geographic information systems (GIS) are modern computer-based tools for the capture, storage, analysis, and display of spatial information. GIS technologies are just beginning to be used for public health planning and decision making. Public health applications of GIS provide cost-effective methods for evaluation interventions and modeling future trends, and also provide a visual tool for data exploration. This class teaches the technical and design aspects of implementing a GIS project in public health and provides students with basic tools for using GIS. Examples are given to introduce a variety of applications in the field of epidemiology.

Theodore Holford
BIS 511
CDE 505: Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health. White

This course provides students with an introduction to social and behavioral science issues that influence patterns of health and health care delivery. The focus is on the integration of biomedical, social, psychological, and behavioral factors that must be taken into consideration when public health initiatives are developed and implemented. This course emphasizes the integration of research from the social and behavioral sciences with epidemiology and biomedical sciences.

Marney White
CDE 505
CDE 508: Principles of Epidemiology I. Dubrow

This course presents an introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods. Topics include measurement of disease occurrence, descriptive epidemiology, ecologic studies, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies, measurement validity, screening, causation, random variation, bias, confounding, effect modification, randomized controlled trials, epidemic investigation, and molecular epidemiology. The couse utilizes a wide variety of case studies from both chronic and infectious disease epidemiology.

Robert Dubrow