POPLHLTH 103G Epidemics: Black Death to Bioterrorism

POPLHLTH 103G | Open | Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


This course explores the concept of the epidemic. It examines epidemics caused by micro-organisms, environmental contaminants, lifestyle choices and self-harming behaviours.

The course covers historical epidemics from Black Death to coronary heart disease, examines modern-day examples such as influenza, smoking and problem gambling, and explores the concept of social contagion, from nun-biting to alien abduction.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • Understand the nature and cause of different types of epidemics.
  • Be aware of the historical background of epidemics with an understanding of contemporary epidemics in New Zealand and worldwide.
  • Have a more detailed understanding of actions that might be taken by society to monitor, manage and prevent one modern epidemic.

Topics covered

  • What are epidemics
  • Infectious epidemics
  • Measle epidemics of chronic disease: Gluttony, indolence and melancholy
  • Addictions
  • Environmental epidemics
  • Social contagion
  • Conclusion

This course is taught by a wide variety of senior staff  and spans many disciplines. It involves one-hour lectures interspersed with 11 one-hour tutorials. Some lectures involve multi-media presentations.

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