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 next colloquium of the 2014-2015 academic year, the Frederic L. Holmes Lecture, will be held on February 2, 2015. The guest lecturer will be Professor Mary Fissell, Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. The colloquium will be held in the Historical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street. The title of Professor Fissell's talk is "The Lobster and the Mother-in-Law: Making Knowledge in the Streets of 17th Century London."
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
Graduate and Undergraduate Registrar
Hall of Graduate Studies, room HGS 207, 320 York Street
Office Phone: (203) 432-1365