Titles of Past Senior Projects


“Gastric Cancer: A Death Sentence No More?”: The Rise of Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques in South Korea and Their Social Impacts, 1980-2019

Golden Opportunity: Anglo American and the Corporate Response during the South African HIV Epidemic

“Protecting Our Children?”: An Analysis of Anti-Vaccination and Shifting Sentiments in the United States, 1990-2006

New Life after Death: The Resettlement and Rise of Culturally Care for Vietnamese Refugees after the Vietnam War

“We Asked for Life”: How Inmates at North Carolina Correctional Center for Women Combated the Facilitated Death of their Bodies, Minds and Spirits as Sisters in Arms

Policy on Pause: The Environmental Movement Under the Reagan Administration

Pretty Pricey Pill: The Puerto Rican Oral Contraceptive Trials and The Puerto Rican Women who Made it Happen, 1940-1960

Diagnosis Murder: Thomsonians on Trial

Death by Their Own Hand: Suicide of the Enslaved in the American South, 1619-1880

Complications, Care, and the Catholic Church: The Alliance Between Catholic and Lay Hospitals

Historicizing The Co-Evolution of Epigenetics and Multigenerational Trauma

Racism, Health, and Social Context in the United States, 1971-1999

“Putrid Disorders and Dangerous Diseases”: Slave Ship Surgeons’ Journals and Medicine on the Middle Passage

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Pharmaceutical Industry: An Analysis of Accountability and Responsibility in South Africa During the AIDS Crisis

Private Foundations and Strategic Partnerships for Health: Bloomberg Philanthropies and Drowning Prevention in Bangladesh

Drug Reform During the Cold War (1947-1991): The effects of Cold War policies on the growth of the United States pharmaceutical industry and the spread of antibiotic resistance

Why now: INGO Response to Hurricane Katrina through the lens of Save the Children

Mandatory Vaccination: The Legislation and Policies of the Mid-20th Century

Plight and Promise in the Muck City: Health of the American Migrant Laborer Through the Lens of Belle Glade

The Contentious Clitoris: Representation of the Clitoris in 20th-century America, and its Implications

“Statues of Liberty”: Willy Meyer, William Halsted, and the Development of the Radical Mastectomy from 1880 to 1920

The Naked, The Nurturing & The Noble; A Medical Historical Analysis of the Black Female Body and Mind, Through Athletics

Healthism in Healthcare Disparities: The 1985 Heckler Report and the Reframing of Diabetes

Searching for Care in a Segregated City: Detroit’s Black Hospitals and the Integration of American Healthcare, 1945-1975

Transforming Managed Healthcare: How Health Maintenance Organizations Altered the Doctor-Patient Relationship in a Commercialized Consumer Era, 1982-2004

Home for the Helpless: The History of Institutional Care Environments for Dementia Patients in the Late Twentieth Century


Elusive Lesbians of Apache Junction: Discourses and Institutions of Queer Aging, 1960-2007

A Historical Investigation of Healthcare And Its Relation to Undocumented Immigrants in California in the 20th Century

Pesticides, Panic and Protest: The McFarland Cancer Cluster and the United Farm Worker’s “Wrath of Grapes” Boycott, 1982-1991

The Foundations of Preventative Dentistry: Defined by American Social and Political Events of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

“Water! bright Water!” Water Cures and Mineral Springs in Antebellum America

Haiti, Health and Hate: Understanding Media Representations of AIDS among the Haitian Population in the 1980s

“Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence”: The National Black Women’s Health Project and Self Help Groups, 1983-1989

From Lazy Gene to Lazy Germ: How the Hookworm Campaign in Puerto Rico During the Early Twentieth Century Shaped U.S. Colonial Medicine

The Evolution of the Smile: How the Constructed Cultural Gaze Changed the Perception of Orthodontics and Cosmetic Surgery in the Twentieth Century

Death and Doctors: Lethal Injection and the Legal Transformation of Medical Ethics

When Historical Scars are Still Open Wounds: The Ongoing History of the Medical Disregard of Black Women’s Pain During Childbirth

“Kids First?”: Imagined Futures and Shifting Conceptions of Risk in Hepatitis B Immunization Policy in the United States, 1982-1999

Idealism Meets Isolation: The Founding of the First Community Health Center during the War on Poverty at Columbia Point, Boston

A New “Golden Age of Science”: How Studying the History of Science can Inform the furture of Science in Ireland

Beyond the Big Blue: The Global Strategic Expansion of IBM and Rise of Statistical Surveillance from 1933 to 2012

Traditional Medicine: Is There a Place for Traditional South African Medicine within South Africa’s Modern Health Care System?

Healthcare in the Coalfields: Company Doctors in Central Appalachia, 1914-1933

“What do we have against our children?”: The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and Universal Child Care Policy 1967-1975

Men’s Bodies, Men’s Menopause: A Historical Examination of the Concept of Male Menopause in Light of the Second Wave Feminist Movement

The Importance of Cultural Competence and Relativism in Case of Human Rights Violations: Protecting the Health and Rights of Ghanaians with Mental Illness

Forty Years Before #metoo: A Historical Analysis of Rape Trauma Syndrome and the Female Victim

#ThisIsOurLane: Driving the Movement for Gun Violence as A Public Health Issue

A Decade of Diphtheria: A Shift in Targeting Caucasian to African American Children During the Baltimore Diphtheria Campaigns, 1931-1941

“There Are No Short Term, Band Aid, Knee Jerk Solutions”: Health Care for the Homeless in 1980s Boston

First, Do No Harm?: The Role of Medicine in the Criminalization of Clarice Johnson, Melanie Green, and the 1990s “Crack Mother”

Helen Rodriguez-Trias and Puerto Rican Health Activism in New York City: How interactions with providers influenced activism in the 1960s and 1970s

“An Example to His Mentors”: The Family Health Care Center, Medical Student Activism, and Race Relations in Newark, 1965-1972

To Affinity and Beyond: Tables, Textbooks, and the Disciplinary Development of Chemistry in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Promiscuous Reading: Nineteenth Century Reading Addiction as a Case Study for the Social Construction and Stigmatization of Behavioral Addictions


Psychiatry on Trial: The Effect of John Hinckley’s Insanity Defense on the Legitimacy of Psychiatry in 1980s America

How to Save a Life: The Pursuit of Effective Altruism in Humanitarian Medicine

The Ultimate Magic Bullet: Exercise, Chronic Disease, and Social Enhancement in the Late 20th Century United States

Slipping Through the Cracks: A Biological and Socio-Historical Study of Tuberculois Amongst Refugees in the United States

A Review of Antibiotic Resistance in the United States: A Case Study of MRSA through Media, Legislation, and Infection Control Programs

A Call to Arms: Analyzing the Battle of Blood Banks in the Context of Donor Recruitment and Marketing, 1945-1980

Dog and Science in the United States

Hey Kid, Want a Cigarette? An Exploration of R.J. Reynolds’ American Advertising Campaign and the Resurgence of the Anti-Tobacco Movement, 1988-1998

Clitoral Controversy: The Rise and Fall of the Clitoridectomy in Victorian England

A New Male Malady: “Shell Shock” During World War I in Britain

Billions and Billions: Carl Sagan, Cosmos, and the Making of Popular Science in America

From Well-Seasoned Entertainer to Political Pot Stirrer: British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver’s 21st Century Transformation from Uneducated Cook to Food Policy Activist and Nutrition Expert

The Body Issue: What Global and Historical Perspectives of the Ideal Female Body Can Teach Us About Our Own Present-day Bodies

Parry Defeats Eliza: Joseph Weizenbaum, Kenneth Mark Colby, and the Early Quest for Computerized Psychotherapy

From Spermicides to the Pill: A History of Contraceptive Advertising in Popular Culture Magazines

“Nothing About Us, Without Us:” The Rise of Self-Advocacy in the Disability Rights Movement

Empowerment and Oppression: A Contextulization and Explanation of the Perception of Rape Trauma Syndrome in 1970s and 1980s America

The Stigmatization & Medicalization of Habits: A Case Study on Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders

Transferic Animal Development and Goverment Regulation through the 21st Century (1970-2009)

“Lunacy under the Burden of Freedom:” Race and Insanity in the American South, 1840-1890

Rules? I’m not here for rules; I’m here to be a doctor:” A Case Study of Japenese-American Female Physicians Who Served During Their Own Internment

From “Wetbacks” to Mexican Americans: Health and Assimilation in Hidalgo County, Texas, 1949-1970

The Rise of Vegetarian Nutrition in Twentieth Century America

Respatializing Evolution and Reimagining Shared Life: Becoming-with, Living-with, and Dissociating-from in Deep Ocean Invertebrate-Bacterial Symbioses


Vodou, Zombies, and Politics in Haiti: How The Serpent and the Rainbow affected North American media after 1985

From Paternalism to Emotional Intelligence: The Evolving View of Emotions in Healthcare During the 20th Century in the United States

The Question of Pure Flour in 1914: America’s First Investigation of Food Additives

An “Abuse of Women”: How the Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CESA) Redefined Sterilization in 1970s America

Isolated Together: The Creation and Collision of Leprosy Policy and Lived Experiences at Carville

A Necessary Change: The Findings and Recommendations of President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments

Borrowed and Bottled: Mapping Native American Medicine in the Late 19th Century Medical Marketplace

Disrupting the Silence: The Forgotten Women in Early AIDS Activism in the United States

“Lesions Other Than Lungs”: Disharmonious Narratives of BCG Vaccination in Cold War Europe (1945-1960)

How We Die: AIDS and Aging in a Biomedicalized Society

The Octopus Model of Transportation: The Origins of Rapid Rail Transit in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Atlanta, 1945-1985

Missionaries to Doctors: Medical Missionaries in Colonial India and Their Role in Establishing Women as Doctors in Modern Medical Practice

Paradox in Progressivism: Duke University Hospital, Racial Exclusion, and Community Perspectives in Durham, North Carolina, 1946-1974

Sister Constance and Her Companions - Women, Caregivers, Martyrs: The Role of The Sisters of the Community of St. Mary in the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee

Shaping Devastation: Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional’s teenage pregnancy campaign in Los Angeles, 1980-1990

“Extend Medical Aid as Far as Practicable”: Politics, Place, and the Failure of the Medical Division of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Reconstruction America

Doctors, Death, and Denial: The Origins of Hospice Care in 20th Century America

“The Greasy Killer”: Scientific Nutritionism in late 20th Century America

No Pain, No Gain: How the U.S. Military has Driven Pain Management Developments Since the Vietnam War

Disorder in the Court: Adjudicating Insanity in the Early American Republic

Demonizing the Female Body: Representing Witches at the Turn of the 16th Century in Northern Europe

Acquiring Blood Donations: Advertising Information and Blood Contamination During the AIDS Epidemic

“Health for the Americas”: Disney’s Moral Propaganda for Latin America, 1943-1946

Play Time: Child Study in the United States, 1890-1940

A Pint of ABO: The Currency of Life and Death in China’s HIV Epidemic

Constructing the Panama Canal: American Exceptionalism, Infectious Disease, and Race

Catching up with the Sports Boom: Overuse Injuries and the Rise of Pediatric Sports Medicine

“Some Great Sorrow”: Race and Hysteria in American Medicine From Slavery to Jim Crow

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Gentrification, Health, and the Toxic Environment in North Brooklyn, 1970-2017

Threat Perception, Legitimation, and the 1911 Baltimore Racial Zoning Ordinance

Naturalizing a “Foreign Menace”: Trachoma, the Geography of Disease, and Public Health in America, 1897-1938


On Pins and Needles: The Emergence and Acceptance of Acupuncture in America, 1971-1997

Sleep: How did we get to where we are today? A Historical Perspective on Sleep as a Science & Culture’s Affect

America’s Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl, Logotherapy, and Cultural Legitimacy, 1957-1985

The Pathology of Objectivity: Naturalization and Quantification in Nineteenth-Century Racial Psychiatry

Transforming Primary Care: How Multiphasic Health Services Redefined Care Delivery at Kaiser Permanente, 1948-1973

The Classroom as the Laboratory: Biologists, Teachers, and the Reform of American High School Education During the Cold War

The National School Lunch Program: A Quasi-Welfare Program in Mid-20th Century America

Unveiling the Technological Future: The Relationship between Science and Society in the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative

Comparisons of American Anti-Vaccination Movements, 1880s-1914 and 1990s-Present

Herbert Thoms and His Natural Childbirth Program at Yale in the Postwar Period

Selling “Success”: The Remaking of San Francisco’s National Image during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

What’s Hormones Got To Do With It? The Medicalization of Menopause in Postwar America

Euthanasia in Nazi Germany and its Effect on Modern Day Bioethics Issues

From Czechoslovakia to the WHO: Karel Raska’s contribution to 20th century epidemiology and public health surveillance

Crohn’s, Colostomies, and Our Country: How Changes in American Culture Inspired Users to Seek Improvements in the Ostomy Pouch

The Business of Drugs: The Development of the American and British Pharmaceutical Industries through a Perspective of Innovation, 1870-1970

The Baby Bottle and the Bottom Line: Corporate Strategies and the Infant Formula Controversy in the 1970s

Who Can Be A Bad Mother?: Race, Class and the Anti-Vaccination Movement in the 1910s and 1920s

Child Development and Day Care Policy: The Science of Social Control

Poorly Pointed Fingers: Revisiting the Failure of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care’s Final Report

Airing the Church’s Laundries: The Abuse of Asylum Women in Twentieth Century Ireland

The Traditional Art of Eating with God: The Development of the Current Industrial Food System and How Religious Doctrine Encouragers Marketplace Independence

What’s Race Got To Do With It? Health Disparities and the Transformation of National Negro Health, 1900-1950

Public Health in the Public Eye: A Visual Investigation of the Effects of the New York Quarantine from 1890-1910

Two Sides of Birth Control in the 20th Century: Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Young Mother’s Program

Transgressing Boundaries: The “White Negro” and the Construction of Blackness in America from 1790-1850

Moving to Heal: An Exploration of Unorthodox Movement Therapies in Early Twentieth Century and Contemporary America

Suns of the Earth: A One-Act Play on Shakespeare, Death, and Liberation

Drawing Lines and Drawing Curtains: 1970s and 1980s Dialogues on the Selective Non-treatment of Newborns


The Ethiopian Famines of the 1970s and 1980s: Challenging the Divide between Humanutarianism and Development

Bright Young Minds: Collegiate Mental Hygiene in Early Twentieth Century America

More than Public Health: The History and Impact of Ebola Virus Disease from 1976-2014

A Living Tradition: Mellon Ms 100 and the Practice of Alchemy in Eighteenth-Century France

The Power of the People: Examining the Important Contributions of the Black Panther Party to Community Health in New Haven, CT from 1969 to 1972

Dismantling “Institutions of Violence”: Psychiatric Reform in Italy, 1960-1978

Silencio = Muerte: Latino HIV/ AIDS Activism in New York City, 1988-1991

“Closer to Playboy than to Grey’s Anatomy”: Illustration, Imagery, and the Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice

Laboratory Soldiers: Human Experimentation of Biological Weapons in the US Military, 1955-1973

The History of Quarantine in New York City: How Diseases Influenced the Policies and Actions of Government

Tower of Refuge: Faith at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Incarceration
Resources in Great Britain, 1888-1946

The Atoms for Peace Initiative and Japan: Rethinking the Origins of Nuclear Power in Japan
False Realities: How the Origins of the Cesarean Crisis Reveal Society’s Changing Perception of the Female Body in the 1970s

Fallout: How the Lloyd Harbor Study Group Mobilized Mass Opposition to the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant

Innovations in the History of Science: Social and Intellectual Contexts in Fin-de-siècle Vienna and Digital Age Silicon Valley

Changing Perspectives on the Garifuna Community of Central America within Medical Anthropology and Public Health from the 1980s to the Present

Remedios Contra la Peste: The Intersection of Disease and Religion in 17th Century Spain
“Boutique” Doctors: Biomedicine, Specialism, and Primary Care at the Yale School of Medicine

Through the Looking Glass: The Role of Fundus Photography in the Evolution of  Ophthalmology and Clinical Observation

Metrics and Morals: Kingsley Davis and Social Prescription in Post-Partition India

R.D. Laing and Schizophrenia: A Separation from Psychiatry and a Division of Self in the 1960s. An Existential and Introspective Analysis

Doctors with Cigarettes: The Physician’s Changing Role in Tobacco Advertising in Mid-twentieth Century America

Innovative Minds: Charles Swift and the Emergence of the Mental Health System in Tanzania, 1966-1974

The Anti-Rape Movement: Unearthing the Sexual Climate and Rise in Rape Crisis Centers during the 1970s

Men and Microbes: Immunobiology at Yale University

Appealing to America: Psychotherapy During the Craze for Magic Bullet Solutions to Anxiety and Depression


“The Death Nanny”: Expert Testimony, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the Louise Woodward Trial

A History of the Research and Practice of Advanced Cardiac Life Support: A Case Study in Evidence-based Medicine

A Tale of a Mutating Theory: The Evolution of the Thrifty Genotype Hypothesis from 1962-2007

The Influence of the AIDS Epidemic on the Genesis of the Fast Track Drug Approval Program in the Food and Drug Administration

Measuring “Problems of Human Behavior”:  The Eugenic Origins of Yale’s Institute of Psychology, 1921-1929

Tuberculosis During the Belle Epoque: Understanding Disease Through Fictional Representations of Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century French Culture

Female Peace Corps Volunteers in Afghanistan: Eradicating Smallpox and Communism, 1967-1971

Defeating Goliath with a Different Stone: A Critical Analysis of Malaria Eradication in the 20th Century and the Global Shift Towards Disease Control

The Proper Channels: River Engineering and the Causes of Floods in Postwar Japan

Bellevue-Yorkville Health Demonstration: 1921-1937 Experiment in Midtown New York

The Dignity of an Exact Science: Evangeline Adams, Astrology, and the Professions of the Probable, 1890-1940

Redefining the Dread Disease: The Makings of Pediatric Oncology

Building a Better State: Eugenics, Gender, and the “Feeble-Minded” in Early Twentieth-Century Connecticut

Smiling Straight Through Life: A Historical Perspective on the Psychological Implications of Early 20th Century Teeth Straightening Techniques.

Cutting Ahead: The Impact of Health System Biases on Pediatric Bariatric Surgery in the US, UK, and Italy, 1997-2012

An Inquiry into the History of US Hospital Dietetic Systems and Food Quality -Or- Why Does Hospital Food Suck?   

For God,for Country, and for Sex: Yale after Coeducation, 1969-75

Dangerous Irritation, Fearsome Flesh: Edwin Hartley Pratt and the Use of Circumcision by Orificial Surgeons in the United States, 1886-1918

Gluten Free: From the Discovery of Celiac Disease to the Low-Carb Fad Diet

Between Two Movements: Race and Gender in African American Women’s Abortion Experiences from 1950 to 1973

The Color of Menthol: Big Tobacco’s Exploitation of Black Ethos and Psychology in the Civil Rights Era as an Explanation for Present Day Smoking Demographics

A Pill for Every “Ill”:  Eli Lilly’s Campaign to Pathologize Ordinary Problems of Living

A Healthy State of Affairs: Public Health and Well-being in 18th Century Ottoman Aleppo
Russell Chittenden’s Physiological Economy of Nutrition: Setting Standards for More than Protein in 20th Century America.

Is Battey’s Operation Batty? Historical Context and Controversies of a 19th Century Gynecological Surgery.

Guarding Against Gardasil: Doctors, Parents, and the Politics of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Twenty-First Century America

The Goal: A Year Without a Diphtheria Death in the City Baltimore’s Fight Against Diphtheria in the 1930s

A “Natural” Disaster: Air Pollution Control Efforts in Los Angeles, 1947-1970


Dethroning the “Medical Clergy”: Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Community Health Movement in a Model City

The Popularization and Medicalization of Childhood Stress in the “Me Decade” (1980) of America

The Intersection of Agit prop Theatre and AIDS Activism: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer as a Model for Social Change

Strategic Health: How Businesses, Religious Missions, and the Colonial State Developed the Public Health Agenda in the Belgian and French Congos

Ecocide: Understanding Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

The Opposition Strikes Back: Opposition in 20th C Britain as seen through Mental Deficiency Legislation

Casta Paintings and Race: The Role of Art in Justifying the Scientific Basis of Race

Imperialism, Capitalism, and Women: How Women’s Agency Changed the Course of Reproductive Health in Puerto Rico

Beauty and the Brain: Aestheticization of Medicine at Yale’s Cushing Center

Before Obesity was a Disease: Public Health, Media, and American Culture in the 1980s

History of Tensions Between the Public Health Sector and the Fast Food Industry: A Case Study of the McDonald’s Happy Meal

Parents Pick Their Battles: The Significance of Birth Plans in 20th Century American Maternity

Supply or Demand? Elucidating the Chicken and Egg Relationship Between Energy Resources and the Technology They Fuel

The “Dykes” Chapter: Lesbian Participation in the 1970s US Women’s Health Movement

“We” before “Me”: The Black Community’s Opposition to Planned Parenthood in Black Communities, 1966-1974

The Birth of a Narrative and the Early 20th Century History of the Pioneer Hi-Bred Company: Breeding Corn, Producing Seed, and Shaping the Story of American Agriculture

Vaccination Politics in 1976: The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Swine Flu Program

The Teen Sex Problem: The origins of Federal Abstinence-Only Funding, 1970s - 1980s

Contriving Optimism in Cervical Cancer Research: The Construction of Public Knowledge about Screening in 20th Century America

The Unfulfilled Recommendations for Improving Indian Student Health in Off-Reservation Boarding Schools in the U.S., 1900 - 1969

Physicians and Social Reform: Tuberculosis in 19th Century England

Looking Back to Look Forward: The Historical Development of the  Bismarck, Bevendge, and National Health Insurance Health Systems

Blood as a Battleground: Health and Immigration in the United States and Israel in the Era of HIV/AIDS