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
The first colloquium of the 2014-2015 academic year will be held on September 15, 2014. The guest lecturer will be James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College. The colloquium will be held in the Fulton Room in the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, at 4:30 p.m. The title of Professor Downs' talk is "The Laboring Dead: Cholera and Smallpox among the Formerly Enslaved during the American Civil War."
Announcements of other colloquia scheduled for the coming year will be posted shortly.