Michelle Lampl, PhD, MD

HEALTH 385 / ANT 385 / FREN 361 (4 credit units)

The World Health Organization ranked the French health care system number one out of 191 countries in the year 2000; the USA was 37th. In 2009, France ranked first in terms of lowest rate of avoidable deaths due to access to appropriate health care interventions; the USA was last. The French are ‘healthier’ while doing a better job of controlling health care costs. What is the nature of this health gap? What is health? How are the French different? The answers to these questions involve fundamental differences in values that influence daily behavior, as well as policy and health practice. Contrary to the biomedical view that there is a single corpus of knowledge on health and well-being, the class will consider the strong influence that cultural beliefs, values and traditions exert through differences in behavior and treatment, and the larger ramifications in terms of policy. Specific assignments are designed to engage you as active participants in learning from experiences that are unique to Paris.

This course meets the Mechanistic OR the Health and Humanities course requirement for the Human Health Major . It is also applicable to the integrative health requirement for the predictive health minor.

Summer 2017 Courses

June 23- July 28, 2017

 (HLTH 385) History of Medicine: How Paris became the Center of Medicine in the 19th Century (4 cu) Instructor: Robert Gaynes, M.D.

Modern medicine and public health emerged in Paris during the nineteenth century. Learn about the events and people who laid the foundations for modern thinking and practices.

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