June 10-14, 2019


Critical Public Health
Winter 2019 ANTH 540 (crn17810)
Professor Sandra Teresa Hyde

SEMINAR: Mondays (January 14-April 8) 9:15-11:55 Leacock 917
OFFICE HOURS: Wednesday 2 to 4 in 818 Leacock
Email: Sandra.hyde [at]
Critical Public Health, historically associated with health disparities or the structural determinants of health, is a hot topic these days. We begin this seminar by discussing the various discursive moves that brought about the term the structural determinants of health and then move beyond that paradigm and explore a variety of issues that are often placed on the fringes of critical studies in public health. We explore the following:  Medicine, disability and aging; the anti-vaccine movement and concepts of immunity; the new drug epidemics and addicts’ stories; global health, its metrics and data production in the global south; and climate change as a public health issue. The other goal of the seminar is to join the public conversation, meaning that students will work toward understanding how scholarly research becomes part of public conversations. This advanced seminar in medical anthropology is designed for students in their last year in anthropology, the social science and medicine minor, students interested in health and health policy, public health, nursing and pre-med students, and anyone with a strong background in social theory. Prerequisites are U3 status or permission of instructor, including ANTH 227 or equivalent, one 300 Anthropology course, and one 400 level medical humanities or social science theory course, or a MA graduate student standing in any discipline. The course is organized around six modules that rotate almost every two weeks: each module includes a variety of learning outcomes: lectures, guest lectures, and most important engaged and interactive student-lead discussions.

Dr. Laurence Kirmayer on the importance of providing mental health information in multiple languages.