History of Science and Medicine is a semi-autonomous, interdisciplinary Program in the History Department. It provides a framework in which students at all levels can examine the development of science, technology, and medicine in relationship with society. Students examine a wide range of issues in the past for their own sake and their relevance to the present. These topics include science in the Enlightenment; medicine and public health in western societies; science and medicine in China and Latin America; science, technology, industry, and national security; molecular biology and biotechnology; epidemics and chronic diseases; drugs and the pharmaceutical industry; eugenics and human genetics; plant and animal breeding; evolutionary biology and its social applications; the cultural history of the body; and colonial medicine and global health. An important feature of the Program is its strong link to the History of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, where a number of its faculty members have their primary appointment.

As a field, HSHM prepares students for a better understanding of the world in which we live as well as for a wide variety of careers, including medicine, public health, academic life, museum work, journalism, law, industry, and public service. Students study under the guidance of a diverse and expanding faculty with expertise in many disciplines, periods, and societies. The links here invite you to explore the curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate levels; to examine the requirements for the BA, M.A, and Ph.D degrees; to view the research and teaching interests of the faculty; to get information about the conferences and colloquia sponsored by the Program; and to find the contact information of our staff.


                                       Our Next HSHM Colloquium

Our last colloquium of the 2014-2015 academic year will be held on April 20, 2015. The guest lecturer will be Lynn K. Nyhart, Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison. The colloquium will be held in the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, room HGS 211. The title of Professor Nyhart's talk is "What's (like) what? Analogizing plants, animals, sperms, and cells in the 1830s and 40s." 

                                               Program Contacts

Program Chair

Paul Freedman
Hall of Graduate Studies, Room HGS 300D, 320 York Street
Office Phone:  (203) 432-1399

Director of Graduate Studies

John Harley Warner
Sterling Hall of Medicine, room SHM L226, 333 Cedar Street
Office Phone:  (203) 785-5032

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ivano Dal Prete
Hall of Graduate Studies, room HGS 300B, 320 York Street

Senior Project Director

William Summers

Graduate and Undergraduate Registrar

Barbara McKay
Hall of Graduate Studies, room HGS 207, 320 York Street
Office Phone:  (203) 432-1365