Seminar 7 of 13: Reading the Signs of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza
This is a FREE seminar hosted at The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Drive), part of a collaborative lecture series by UTHealth School of Public Health and Rice University.
You must register for each of the seminars separately, there are 13 in this series. Attendance to all is NOT required.
Continuing Education (CME, CNE, CEUs) available.
Seminar 7 of 13 on 10/17/17: Reading the Signs of the 1918 'Spanish' Influenza
This presentation provides an introduction to situate the 1918 influenza epidemic in the United States and an overview of the various actors responding to the influenza epidemic in the U.S., including the U.S. government and army (in relation to World War I), medical professionals, press, and the public. Dr. Roof will highlight through several case studies (advertisements, government issued pamphlets, news reports about mortalities) the conflicting messages about contagion, treatments, and possible medications, and decisions of quarantine and movement of troops that were issued during the 1918 influenza. The conclusion will examine the often-disastrous effects of the conflicting messages in public discourse during the 1918 influenza, and the continuing confusion the interplay of government, medical, and public knowledge can cause in contemporary health crises.
Medical humanities scholars, physicians, nurses, social workers, public health/health science students and other professionals in public health related disciplines, as well those interested from the general public.
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) describe and identify the different actors (U.S. government, army, medical professionals, citizens) who influenced the public discourse during and on the 1918 influenza and (2) analyze the discursive tactics of various media (advertisements, news reports, government issued warnings) published during the 1918 influenza epidemic. This lecture allows medical professionals to examine the often disastrous effects of the conflicting messages in public discourse during the 1918 influenza, and the continuing confusion the interplay of government, medical, and public knowledge can cause in contemporary health crises.
Presenting for this session is: Judith Roof, PhD, Professor of English and Williams Shakespeare Chair of English at Rice University
Welcome to Season Two: Poisons, Plagues, Potions and Portrayals
from 08/29/17 - 11/29/17 on Tuesdays at The Health Museum
The History and Culture of Disease and Healing seminar series identifies the overlap between disciplines in health and humanities, and applies lessons in humanities to public health practice in a global and cross cultural context.
“There is increasing emphasis on bringing more of the humanities into the education of health professionals, in a way that is appealing to all the health disciplines. This course seeks to do just that,” says George Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD, professor at the UTHealth School of Public Health and one of the course instructors.
There are 13 seminars in this series. Each unique seminar has been chosen for its relevance to the contributions of the humanities to contemporary understanding or approaches to disease and healing as we conceptualize from cultural/artistic/literary depictions and historical lessons the relationship between human behaviors and disease and healing.
This is also a humanities course offered to professionals and students in the fields of medicine and health. Seminar attendance will include registered students from Rice University and the UTHealth School of Public Health. The unique collaborative format of this seminar demonstrates shared values between institutions of higher learning and the professional/academic training offered to specialties.
Continuing Education credits can be provided for contact hours and certificates of attendance at no cost for attending individual or multiple seminars.
Online registration, full 90 minute seminar attendance, and completion of post-seminar electronic evaluations are required for attaining contact hours and certificates.
Individual seminar attendance allowed—you are NOT required to attend the entire series.
Your Best Reponse to a Changing World!
The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health and is under the leadership of Elaine Symanski, PhD who serves as Director.
The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health.
The mission of the SWCOEH Continuing Education (CE) Program is to serve as a training resource for professionals and decision-makers in the occupational and environmental health fields by delivering specialized courses in response to current training needs. Our ultimate goal is to improve occupational and environmental health. Our core subject areas are occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazardous substances and materials and occupational health nursing. Contact us to discuss your training needs!
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Continuing Education (CE) & Outreach Program
1200 Pressler St., RAS West, Ste. 1038
Houston, TX 77030