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.

Student Feedback

'I enjoyed the variety of interesting topics from different people who are really passionate about what they do. That helped me stay engaged and focused during lectures.'

'The tutorials were very interactive. I liked the lectures. The quizzes on canvas. The essay was awesome. The lecturers were very engaging.'

'Such a fun class!! All the guest lecturers were very knowledgeable on their subject and always very interesting and kind.'

'I really like this course and I found the use of guest lecturers really beneficial.'

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