Other Courses of Interest

These are relevant to the Medical Humanities and the Arts that are supplemental to the Yale School of Medicine curriculum.

EMD 572 01 (13248) /F&ES891

Maria Diuk-Wasser
TTh 3.00-4.20 LEPH 102

Diseases transmitted to humans by arthropods (vector-borne) or animal reservoirs (zoonotic) constitute the majority of globally (re)emerging infectious diseases. The purpose of this course is to explore factors underlying the risk to humans of acquiring vector-borne and zoonotic diseases (VBZD) like malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, rabies, hantavirus, etc. Students learn how human risk for these diseases can be described and predicted by understanding the ecology of vectors and reservoirs and the factors allowing for maintenance and transmission of pathogens. The course utilizes a combination of lectures, discussion of primary literature, practical exercises on risk mapping, and guest speakers.

F&ES 898a/EHS 510b
The Environment and Human Health
Michelle Belle
M 1.00-3.50 KRN G01 

3 credits. This course provides an overview of the critical relationships between the environment and human health. The class explores the interaction between health and different parts of the environmental system including water, indoor and outdoor air, environmental justice, and occupational health. Other topics include exposure assessment, case studies of environmental health disasters, links between climate change and health, and integration of scientific evidence on environmental health. Students learn about current key topics in environmental health and how to critique and understand scientific studies. The course incorporates lectures and discussion.

INRL 527 01 (11091) /INTS247/LAW20571/PLSC360
Comparative and International Bioethics
Stephen Latham
TTh 11.35-12.50

Approaches in different countries, both developed and developing, to a number of core issues in biomedical ethics: organ transplants, end-of-life care, human-subject research, and access to health care. Readings in primary and secondary sources, including international treaties and standards.

Human Rights Workshop
Paul Kahn
4:10p-6:00p SLB

Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events (20134). 1 unit, credit/fail. Conducted in workshop format and led by Professor Paul Kahn, Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, the course will discuss recent writings in the field, presentations from outside guests and participants, and newsworthy events in the human rights arena. This course will meet in weeks when the Legal Theory Workshop does not meet. P.W. Kahn. 

Regulating Sexuality
Robert A. Burt
M 6:10p-7:45p SLB

Regulating Sexuality: Legal and Psychological Perspectives (20379). 2 units. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its diagnostic designation as a mental disease. In 2003, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states could not treat same-sex sodomy as a criminal offense (reversing its 1986 decision constitutionally approving such criminalization). What was the impetus for the condemnatory psychiatric and legal regulations that were thus overturned? What was the impetus that led to this regulatory reversal? What are the forces impelling the current advocacy efforts both for and against state recognition of same-sex marriage? Do the changes arise from new conceptions of psychological abnormality, of societal welfare, or morality? This seminar will ask these same questions regarding issues of gender identity, prostitution, pornography and violence in intimate relationships. In exploring these questions, we will specifically invoke psychoanalytically-based psychological conceptions of individual and social behavior, especially regarding unconscious thinking processes; one goal of this seminar is to acquaint students with these conceptions and to evaluate their usefulness in understanding the regulation of sexuality. Paper required. Enrollment limited to twenty. R.A. Burt, B. Marcus, and B. McKee.

Sexuality, Gender and the Law

William Eskridge, Jr.
MW 10:10a-12:00p SLB

Sexuality, Gender and the Law (20536). 3 units. This course will explore the historical, comparative, statutory, constitutional, and theoretical dimensions of law's regulation of sexuality and gender. Because sex, gender, and sexual orientation issues are at the cutting edge of privacy, equality, and free speech litigation in this and other countries, the course can be viewed as an advanced constitutional law course. The exploration of natural law, law and economics, feminist, and gay legal theory in many different contexts also gives this course a jurisprudential focus. Enrollment limited to seventy-five. Self-scheduled examination. W.N. Eskridge, Jr.

INRL 524 01 (20613) /PLSC594/PHIL707
Global Health Ethics, Politics, and Economics
Thomas Pogge
Jennifer Ruger
T 10.10-12.00

Billions lack access to basic medical care, and global health inequalities are wide and growing. Such radical disparities cast doubt on the justice of supranational institutional arrangements (such as the TRIPS Agreement) and also pose ethical challenges for the global health community, especially international and domestic health and development institutions. Seeking to illuminate the normative issues involved, the course features a series of distinguished visitors, including academics as well as a few important representatives of international organizations, politics, foundations, NGOs, and relevant industries.

REL 908 01 (20044) 
Biomedical Ethics in Theological Perspective
Jennifer Herdt
W 1.30-3.20

This course brings theological reflections on human nature and dignity, the meaning of health and suffering, and social justice to bear on some of the key issues in medical ethics, including assisted suicide and euthanasia, refusal of treatment, reproductive issues, genetic screening and stem-cell research, and health-care access and allocation. Throughout, we seek to identify fruitful resources for moving beyond a liberal-conservative impasse on these questions and reflect on how particularistic theological reflection can best inform pluralistic public bioethical discourse and practice. Area V.

AFST 618 01 (20383)  
Communication and Healing
Sandra 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.

PSYC 657 01 (10801)  
Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health
Jeannette Ickovics
T 1.00-2.50

The 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. The course emphasizes the integration of research from the social and behavioral sciences with epidemiology and biomedical sciences.

CDE 531 01 (13226) /PSYC664
Health and Aging
Becca Levy
T 3.00-4.50 LEPH 126

Since 1900, the number of individuals aged sixty-five and older has tripled and life expectancy has increased by about thirty years. The course examines some of the health issues related to this growing segment of the population. Class discussions address such questions as: How does the aging process differ between cultures? What kind of interventions can best reduce morbidity in old age? How can health policy adapt to the aging populations? This course integrates psychosocial and biomedical approaches to the study of aging.

EMD 543 01 (13246)  
Global Aspects of Food and Nutrition
Debbie Humphries
MW 1.00-2.20 LEPH 101

The course presents a core topic in global health and development that is at the intersection of science, society, and policy. The course familiarizes students with leading approaches to analyzing the causes of malnutrition in countries around the world and to designing and evaluating nutrition interventions. It covers micronutrient and macronutrient deficiencies; approaches to reducing malnutrition; the cultural, economic, environmental, agricultural, and policy context within which malnutrition exists; and the relationships between common infections and nutritional status.

EMD 557 01 (13247) 
Global HIV/AIDS: Challenges and Response
Kaveh Khoshnood
W 3.00-4.50 LEPH 101

This course provides an overview of the critical issues in the global epidemiology and prevention of HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations. The course emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to the comprehension of and response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The course is designed to go beyond the mere provision of information by encouraging students to develop the ability to critically access and analyze research, programmatic, policy, and ethical challenges raised by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

EMD 591 01 (13996) /GLBL327/INRL529
Water, Infectious Disease, and Global Health
Kristina Talbert-Slagle
T 1.30-3.20

Water is fundamental to life. We cannot survive without it, and yet unsafe water threatens the health of people throughout the world. This course focuses on the role of water in global health, with emphasis on the myriad ways that water affects the spread of disease, how poor sanitation contributes to unsafe water, and the different interventions that may improve water quality—and therefore, health—of people around the world.

EMD 695 01 (13253)  
Studies in Evolutionary Medicine I and II
Durland Fish
TTh 4.00-5.15 WLH

This two-term course begins in January. Students learn the major principles of evolutionary biology and apply them to issues in medical research and practice by presenting and discussing original papers from the current research literature. Such issues include lactose and alcohol tolerance; the hygiene hypothesis and autoimmune disease; human genetic variation in drug response and pathogen resistance; spontaneous abortions, immune genes, and mate choice; parental conflicts over reproductive investment mediated by genetic imprinting; life history tradeoffs and the evolution of aging; the evolution of virulence and drug resistance in pathogens; the evolutionary genetics of humans and their pathogens; the ecology and evolution of disease; the evolutionary origin of diseases; and the emergence of new diseases. Students develop a research proposal based on one of their own questions in spring term, spend the summer on a research project related to their research proposal, and write a paper based on the results of their research in fall term. Credit and grades are awarded for each term.

EPH 591 01 (13254)  
Global Health Seminar
Michael Skonieczny
M 5.30-7.00p TAC

This course provides a space for discussion and critical thought about current topics in global health. Invited speakers come together with faculty, staff, and students (from YSPH and beyond) during each session to analyze current global health challenges, existing initiatives to address them, and potential alternative approaches. Topics range from sharing lessons learned from specific programs to broader issues such as the interrelation of globalization and health. The seminar represents an opportunity for students to reflect on the hard questions of global health practice. Through these types of discussions, we hope to encourage students to understand health and their role as public health practitioners more holistically, and to begin the difficult work of developing their professional values.

HPA 510 01 (13256) 
Health Policy and Health Systems
Michael Gusmano
TTh 1.00-2.20 LEPH WINSL

This course provides an introduction to the making and understanding of health policy. The various goals of policy making and the alternative means of achieving those goals are examined. Health issues are placed in the context of broader social goals and values. The current performance of the health care system is assessed, with particular emphasis on shifting needs, rising costs, and changing institutional arrangements. The course provides an overview of the important actors in the health care and political systems and introduces students to methods for understanding their behavior. Students apply these methods to a set of concrete policy issues.

HPA 545 01 (13257)  
Health Disparities
Shelley Geballe
W 10.00-11.50 LEPH 102 

This course explores what constitutes and helps explain disparities in health and health care, and the strategies being tested to address these disparities. Readings, drawn from multiple disciplines, examine the history of and trends in a range of disparities in health and health care in the United States, including by race, ethnicity, gender, and income. Emphasis is placed not only on disparities in access to and delivery of health care, but also on understanding the role and contribution of diverse social determinants of health. The course also examines and critiques current efforts to address health disparities, including through changes in national, state, and local law and policy.

HPA 586 01 (13263)  
Microeconomics for Health Care Professionals
Douglas McKee
Th 10.00-11.50 LEPH 126

This course introduces students to microeconomics. Emphasis is placed on topics in microeconomics of particular relevance to the health care sector. Attention is paid to issues of equity and distribution, uncertainty and attitudes toward risk, and alternatives to price competition.

HPA 591 01 (13264)  
Global Health Economics
Achyuta Adhvaryu
T 5.00-6.50p LEPH 101 

This course is designed to provide an understanding of global health systems, particularly as they relate to the delivery, organization, and financing of health care in developing countries. The course covers three broad areas. First, it acquaints students with the existing global health architecture, highlighting the roles and interactions of global health stakeholders, and focusing on critiques of the current architecture. Second, it analyzes the way health systems in developing countries are organized, financed, and regulated, and how these policies affect health-related behaviors and health outcomes. Finally, the course highlights the opportunities and challenges posed by behavioral responses induced by health policy.

ECON 170 01 (11578)  
Health Economics and Public Policy
Howard Forman
TTh 2.30-3.45

Application of economic principles to the study of the U.S. health care system. Emphasis on basic principles about the structure of the U.S. system, current problems, proposed solutions, and the context of

ECON 461 01 (21360) 
Economics, Addiction, and Public Policy
Jody Sindelar
W 1.00-2.50 

Smoking, alcoholism, illicit drugs, and obesity studied from economic and policy perspectives. Focus on causes of and solutions to problems.

ECON 469 01 (11918) /GLBL325
Health Inequality and Development
Nicoli Nattrass
W 2.30-4.20

Economic analysis of the interactions between health, inequality, and development. Growth and development; health and well-being; burden of disease and funding for health; the relationship between growth and health; international health policy.

G&G 261 01 (12376) /F&ES261/EVST261
Minerals and Human Health
Catherine Skinner
Ruth Blake
TTh 11.35-12.50 

Study of the interrelationships between Earth materials and processes and personal and public health. The transposition from the environment of the chemical elements essential for life.

GLBL 325a/ECON 469a
Health Inequality and Development
Nicoli Nattrass
W 2.30-4.20

Economic analysis of the interactions between health, inequality, and development. Growth and development; health and well-being; burden of disease and funding for health; the relationship between growth and health; international health policy.

HLTH 215 01 (22481) /PSYC319
Health Psychology
Bemjamin Toll

An introduction to health behaviors and ways in which they can be altered. Health-compromising behaviors such as the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco; the impact of health psychology on problems such as stress, pain management, AIDS, and cancer.

PSYCH 419 01 (21646)
Food Policy and Science
Kelly Brownell
M 1.30-3.20

Science on food and nutrition and its connections to pressing policy issues. Topics include hunger, obesity, and the impact of food production and consumption on the environment.

ECON 469 01 (11918)/GLBL325
Health Inequality and Development
Nicoli Nattrass
W 2.30-4.20

Economic analysis of the interaction between health, inequality, and development. Growth and development; health and well-being; burden of disease and funding for health; the relationship between growth and health; international health policy.

INTS 343 01 (21648)/GLGL320
Conflict, Resilience, and Health

Catherine Panter-Brick
W 1.30-3.20

Review of the many intersections of health, resilience, and conflict - including military, ethnic, religious, and interpersonal conflict. Evidence for the impact of conflict on both physical and emotional well-being; examination of the psychological, social, and governmental dimensions of resilience.