Founded in 1929, we are the oldest academic department of the History of Medicine in the English-speaking world. We are dedicated to scholarship on the histories of medicine, disease, the health sciences, and their relationships to society.


The History of Medicine


Making of a Tropical Disease

Reviews in History has named Dept. Chair Randall Packard's The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (JHUP, 2007) one of the most significant and or influential history books of the last twenty years:

Department Chair Randall M. Packard's new book, A History of Global Health: Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples (Johns Hopkins University Press), is out now. The book examines the limits of international health interventions in underdeveloped areas, despite the billions of dollars invested in such...

Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney will work on an interdisciplinary NIH Center of Excellence reseach project with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to examine the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases. The research team will develop and conduct three pilot projects that study how genomic information...


Ivano Dal Prete of Yale University will present their colloquia paper entitield "On the Edge of Eternity: Thinking of an Ancient Earth in Pre-modern...
​Jennifer Tucker of Wesleyan University will present their colloquia paper entitield "Chemical Exposure: The Victorian Alkali Industry through the...
Helen Rozwadowski of University of Connecticut will present their colloquia paper entitield "Frontiers of Discovery:  Changing Meanings of “Frontier...
The Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine is convened annually for the presentation of research by young scholars working on the history...