Topics & Assignments by Day



Disease Pandemics, and Public Health in the United States: Schedule by Date


June 8- Virtual Day 1 Introduction and Overview


John Duffy, The Sanitarians, selections; Hays, Introduction
June 9 – Virtual Day 2 Case Study 1: The Cholera Years
in America
Charles Rosenberg, The Cholera Years, cholera maps and ephemera, Primary Additional reference: James Wynne, The report on epidemic cholera in the United States, 1848 and 1849
Monday, June 12 – In Person/OSU Case Study 2: Yellow Fever, Citizenship, Race, and

Empire (Dr. Mariola Espinosa)



Evening Salon 1: Epidemiology
101 (Dr. Miranda Worthen)


Margaret Humphreys, Yellow Fever and the South, introduction; Kathryn Olivarius, “Immunity, Capital, and Power in Antebellum New Orleans,” (American Historical Review, 2019). Mariola Espinosa, Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever, Public Health, and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930, Chaps. 3 and 4. Yellow fever ephemera & images, Wellcome Collection
Tuesday, June 13 – OSU Case Study 3: Public Health vs. “The Great White Plague” (Aquino)





Evening Salon 2 (Jones): “The History Lab Assignment” Using Health Dept reports &  historic newspaper articles to explore the response to Tb

Samuel Roberts: Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation, pp. 1-86. 





Baltimore, D.C., Ohio State Health Department Reports from 1880s-1910s

Wednesday, June 14 – OSU Case Study 4: Typhoid Mary, Typhoid Highballs, and the Columbus Experiment (Jones) Judith Walzer Leavitt, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health, 1-38. Conrad C. Hines, The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908, Chapter 1, selected pages. Public Health mobile tour of Victorian Village

Group dinner afterwards in Victorian Village restaurant sponsored by OSU

Thursday, June 15 – OSU Case Study 5: Saving Babies: (Antonovich) Jacqueline Wolf, Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Chapter 2. Reports of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, News Article “A Regiment of Babies Lives Were Saved in 1913, New York Times, Jan. 12, 1913.
Friday, June 16 OSU Case Study 6: Fit to Win?
The U.S. Public Health Service
and “Venereal Diseases” (Key faculty)
Alexandra M. Lord, Condom Nation: The U.S. Government’s Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet, pp. 24-92. Susan Reverby, Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy, 1-28.

Anti V.D. WWI Film: Fit to Fight (1918), ASHA pamphlets.

Saturday, June 17 OSU Case Study 7: The 1918-20 Influenza Pandemic and
American Amnesia
(key faculty)Evening Salon 3: The Un-Essay: Alternative assignments in
public health history classes (Antonovich)
Selections from Nancy Bristow, American Pandemic. News Articles and documents from the Influenza Epidemic Digital Encyclopedia,

John M. Barry, “The Single Most Important Lesson from the 1918 Influenza”, NY Times, March 17, 2020. Kristen Rogers, “Life after the 1918 flu has lessons for our post-pandemic world,” CNN, June 28, 2021 & other articles.

Sunday, June 18 OSU Case Study 8: Smallpox and Polio from Vaccination to Eradication (James Colgrove Guest Presenter)


Evening Salon 4: Using
histories of public health to build community among students from underrepresented groups & first-gen students (Espinosa)



James Colgrove, State of Immunity Chapters 2, 4 optional Selection from D.A. Henderson, Smallpox: The Death of a Disease

Text: U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905)

Monday, June 19 OSU Case Study 9: From Shell Shock
to PTSD (Worthen)Evening Salon 5: Moving beyond Eurocentric approaches in public health history (Aquino)
Allan V. Horvitz, PTSD: A Short History (2018), chapters 1, 3, 4.

Miranda Worthen, et al, “Anger and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity in a Trauma-Exposed Military Population: Differences by Trauma Context and Gender,” Journal of Traumatic Stress Feb. 2016, 29, 1-8.


Tuesday, June 20 OSU Case Study 10: AIDS: Stigma, Politics, and Science at the
End of the American Century”.Visit to/from Billy Ireland
Cartoon Library/LibrarianFinal dinner
Selections from Richard McKay: Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic

25 Notable HIV and AIDS Reports Published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR),” CDC. Links to AIDS archives at UCSF, Bay Area Television Archive, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library digital collection

Wednesday, June 21 OSU ½ day morning wrap up Review of the case studies and introduction & assignment to
the workshops.
August – October Working groups meet for 1.5 hours/week for 10 weeks to workshop syllabi and
presentations and further
discuss the readings and presentations
October 27 – Virtual Final Day of Institute:

Two groups of participants will meet: Each group will hear and offer feedback on five live presentations of case studies. Remaining 10 case studies or syllabi will be reviewed online.

Participants will complete evaluations of Institute and offer plans for next steps of integrating the material into their pedagogy.

Participants review each other’s case studies. Each participant reviews up to 5 case studies.