Current Undergraduate Courses

MHS 115F, First-Year Writing Seminar – FYS: Medicine Health Body
Instructor: Odie Lindsey, PhD

Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression.

MHS 201, Fundamentals of Medicine, Health, and Society
Instructor: Courtney Muse, PhD

A multidisciplinary introduction to the study of medicine, health, and society, drawing on the perspectives of anthropology, economics, history, literature, political science and policy studies, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. Guest lectures by representatives of the various disciplines. (P)

MHS 202, Global Public Health
Instructor: Abelardo Moncayo, PhD

Global Perspectives on Public Health provides an interdisciplinary introduction to some major global health issues and practices in the developing and the developed world. In particular, the course will nurture critical thinking about global health challenges, strategies, and solutions. The course incorporates lecture, discussion, critical analytical exercises, case studies, and guest specialists from a variety of fields. (P)

MHS 203, U.S. Public Health Ethics and Policy
Instructor: Elizabeth Heitman, PhD

Critical perspectives on ethical and policy issues in US public health. (P)

MHS 205W, Medicine and Literature
Instructor: Odie Lindsey, PhD

Narrative analysis, and other humanistic, interpretative practices of relevance to medicine and health.

MHS 206, Economic Demography and Global Health
Instructor: Martha Jones, PhD

Economic consequences of demographic change in developing and developed countries. Links between socioeconomic status and health; relationship between health and economic growth; determinants of fertility, mortality, and migration.

MHS 208, American Medicine and the World
Instructor: Laura Stark, PhD

Social foundations of medical authority. Health disparities in the United States and abroad. Effects of social settings of medical research, evaluation, and treatment on health outcomes. Inequalities in medical knowledge and institutions.

MHS 211, Health Social Movements
Instructor: Courtney Muse, PhD

The literature of social activism. How citizens individually and collectively accomplish and resist social change. Historical and contemporary health movements as case studies to illustrate the advantages and limitations of social change strategies.

MHS 212, War and the Body
Instructor: Kenneth MacLeish, PhD

The impact of war on the human body. Anthropology of the body and theories of bodily experience. Production, representation, and experience of war, military and medical technologies on a bodily level. Acceptable and unacceptable types of harm. No credit for students who completed 290 section 2 in fall 2012. (P)

MHS 218A, Health, Development and Culture in Guatemala
Instructor: Avery Dickson de Giron, PhD., Jill Fisher, PhD

Social dimensions of health in Guatemalan communities. History, culture, and political economy. Spanish language skills strongly recommended. No credit for students who earned credit for INDS 270a section 3 in spring 2010 or 218 in spring 2014.

MHS 220, Narrative Medicine
Instructor: Scott Pearson, PhD

As the field of medicine becomes increasingly technology driven and information rich, doctors are finding it harder to listen to and respond to their patients. As a result, patients feel less understood and have begun to devalue the clinical experience. In response to this dilemma, medical schools are beginning to train students in the field of literature in programs known as Narrative Medicine. The premise of such an approach is that through close attention to patients’ stories, physicians will learn to appreciate the experiences of their patients. In this course, we will dissect the doctor-patient relationship as illustrated by illness narratives and other literary works. (HCA)

MHS 225, Death and Dying
Instructor: Joseph Fanning, PhD

How do we and should we understand and respond to death, dying, and bereavement in America? This course explores our inheritance of attitudes, vocabularies, social practices, and institutions that cultivate and constrain our actions and thoughts about death. Influential texts and core concepts across a range of disciplines will be introduced and used to analyze and reflect on multiple mediations of death in contemporary society. The class will combine theoretical readings, lectures, discussion, analytical exercises, and experiential components. Students will also volunteer 20-25 hours at relevant agencies, e.g. Alive Hospice, and keep a journal analyzing their experiences in light of course materials, themes, and concepts. (P)

MHS 234, Men’s Health Research
Instructor: Derek Griffith, PhD

Concepts and theories of men’s health. Global and domestic issues. Effect of men’s social and economic advantages on health outcomes. Strategies to improve men’s health; relationships between cultural values and health policy; and cultural explanations that shape men’s health campaigns. No credit for students who earned credit for 290 section 14 in spring 2013. [3] (SBS)

MHS 240, Social Capital and Health
Instructor: Lijun Song, PhD

Theoretical approaches to social capital and their applications to the social production of disease and illness. Theoretical background of social capital; the conceptualization and measurement of social capital; and the multiple roles of social capital as a social antecedent of health. Serves as repeat credit for students who completed 290 section 5 in spring 2010 and section 1 in spring 2011. [3] (SBS)

MHS 242, Bionic Bodies, Cultural Cyborgs
Instructor: Aimi Hamraie, PhD

Historical and cultural evolution of prosthetics, artificial limbs, and other assistive technologies. Shifts in social views resulting from war, economics, and art and design. Critical texts, films, art practices, and technological advancements. [3] (HCA)

MHS 244, Medicine, Law, and Society
Instructor: JuLeigh Petty, PhD

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to major issues in medicine and law including the physician-patient relationship, medical malpractice, physician and patient decision-making rights, healthcare financing and the power of the government to protect the public’s health. Students will be challenged to think critically about the appropriate role of the law in matters of individual and public health. (SBS)

MHS 250, Autism in Context
Instructor: Elisabeth Sandberg, PhD

Multiple manifestations. Impact, questions, and debates. Familial, educational, sociological, legal, and medical contexts. [3] (SBS)

MHS 252, Global Psychiatry
Instructor: Dominique Behague, PhD

Cross-cultural analysis of mental illness; the emergence of cultural psychiatry; and the globalization of biopsychiatry and neuroscience. No credit for students who earned credit for 295 section 2 in fall 2012. [3] (P)

MHS 254, Perspectives on Trauma
Instructor: Kenneth MacLeish, PhD

Trauma as a framework for understanding individual and collective suffering. Trauma in the context of medicine, war, and politics, and of racial, sexual, and gender inequalities. Alternative ways of conceptualizing feeling, memory and loss. No credit for students who earned credit for 295 section 02 in spring 2013. [3] (SBS)

MHS 290-01, Special Topics – Health Intervention Research
Instructor: Hector Myers, PhD

May be repeated for credit twice if there is no duplication in topic. Students may enroll in more than one section of this course each semester. [1-3; maximum of 9 credits total for all semesters of MHS 290] (No AXLE credit)

MHS 290-02, Special Topics – Stigma of AIDS in South Africa
Instructor: Clive Mentzel, PhD

May be repeated for credit twice if there is no duplication in topic. Students may enroll in more than one section of this course each semester. [1-3; maximum of 9 credits total for all semesters of MHS 290] (No AXLE credit)

MHS 290-03, Special Topics – Healing Animals
Instructor: Laura Stark, PhD

May be repeated for credit twice if there is no duplication in topic. Students may enroll in more than one section of this course each semester. [1-3; maximum of 9 credits total for all semesters of MHS 290] (No AXLE credit)