OSHR 1606 - History and Epidemics

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The greatest killers in human history have not been famine, war, or natural disasters, but diseases. The Black Death, influenza, and HIV/AIDS have all killed in greater numbers, although famine, war, natural disasters, and human behavior have played a significant role in creating killer epidemics.

Epidemics have altered the course of history and, conversely, history has altered the course of epidemics. This course will cover great epidemics throughout history, discussing the cause, course, and quirks of each disease. It will also look at recent/current epidemics. Even today, several epidemics exist in the world, and some think it is a matter of time, not if, another large epidemic will impact human life on earth.

Readings: Barnard, Bryan, Outbreak - Plagues That Have Changed History, ISBN 978-0-307-48925-8

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.