Fall 2023 Health Policy and Management P6520 section 001

Healthcare in the Arts


Call Number 16140
Day & Time
S 9:00am-3:20pm
To be announced
Points 1.5
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Peter A Muennig
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The goal of this course is to give future health care workers and researchers a richer understanding of how their profession relates to the rest of society, and how art and popular entertainment has constructed, shaped, and sometimes distorted our shared social and cultural understanding of the field. The class will offer a whole new and different context to explore the issues students are studying in their other classes: from policy to management, from epidemiology to global health, even
economics. Among other things, we will humanize the data and theory students learn at Mailman. This leads to more complex and rigorous thinking. At its heart a class on communication, this course will consider healthcare, art, and the media in the
broadest sense. We will examine the ways society?s sometimes-troubled, but always fascinating healthcare systems has evolved with, and perhaps due to, its depictions by artists through the years. Using academic journal articles to provide context, we will consider sources as disparate as the Egyptian Book of the Dead; fiction by Denis Johnson, Virginia Wolf, Celine, Ernest Hemingway, and others; the poetry of Emily Dickenson, Lucie Brock-Broido, Henri Cole, and William Carlos
Williams; literary essays by Montaigne, George Orwell, Meehan Crist, Malcolm Gladwell; Movies by Vittorio Di Sica, and Michael Moore; and perhaps the weirdest musical ever made: a sci-fi, healthcare horror starring Anthony Stewart Head (Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Paris Hilton, Sarah Brightman and Paul Sorvino. We will take a look at some fantastic pieces of propaganda and commercials that can be viewed as activist art; and finally students will produce their own piece of healthcare-inspired creative work.
Web Site Vergil
Department Health Policy & Management
Enrollment 16 students (20 max) as of 11:46PM Thursday, July 18, 2024
Subject Health Policy and Management
Number P6520
Section 001
Division School of Public Health
Open To GSAS, Public Health
Section key 20233HPMN6520P001