October 13, 2020

HGHI Undergraduate Course: Confronting COVID-19: Science, History, Policy Lectures Now on YouTube

Confronting COVID-19: Science, History, Policy Lectures Available to Watch on YouTube

The ongoing COVID-19 epidemic presents an important opportunity for Harvard undergraduates to closely observe this world-changing, historic episode and to analyze scientific, social, and political elements of the U.S. and global responses. This exciting and unprecedented course is co-led by Dr. Allan Brandt and HGHI Associate Faculty Director Ingrid Katz, and began in September 2020.

The course provides an opportunity for undergraduates at Harvard to deepen their understanding of a contemporary crisis and explicate a wide range of disciplinary methods and skills. The course brings together experts from a wide array of fields who offer approaches for understanding essential issues raised by the pandemic, including: the science of the virus; medical and public health responses; and the impact on economies, society, and culture. The course broadly considers how epidemics reveal existing social structures such as fundamental health disparities and social inequalities. Among the questions explored are: how do we balance basic freedoms and social restrictions as we face critical new threats to human health; and how do we think about risk and vulnerability in the face of uncertainty, from a both a personal and political viewpoint?  As the epidemic unfolds in real time, students have an opportunity to integrate interdisciplinary perspectives for understanding epidemic disease and how it shapes and reflects powerful social forces and global systems.

Over the course of the semester, each course lecture will be recorded, captioned, and made available in the YouTube library. Please use the link provided below to watch recorded lectures on the YouTube Channel.

WATCH Full Recordings of Course Lectures Here

For more information on HGHI undergraduate courses and undergraduate global health opportunities visit here.