Fall 2021 University of Kentucky
GEO 261: Global Dynamics of Health
Course Syllabus
UK Core Activity
Dr. J. Anthony Stallins
Department of Geography
ja.stallins@uky.edu
           
Date
Day
Topic slides
Canvas
questions
Friday recitation
Readings
Aug 23
M
Week 1: The context and challenges of global health
Reading/questions 1
(due 9:00 am Friday, Sept 3)
Overview of UK Core Project
This Has Been the Best Year Ever (NYT)
How Long Will this Child Live? (NYT)
How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life (NYT)
Aug 25
W
How To Speak Addiction (NPR)
China Dominates Medical Supplies, in this Outbreak and the Next (NYT)
Cervical Cancer and Overcoming Haitian Cultural Barriers (Pulitzer Center)
Aug 27
F
Chains of Mental Illness in West Africa (NYT)
A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (NYT)
Myths about Physical Racial Differences (NYT)
Aug 30
M
Week 2: Air pollution and health
RQ2
(due 9:00 am Friday, Sept 3)
Google Blogger set up See How the World's Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City (NYT)
Wildfire Smoke is Poisoning California's Kids (NYT)
In China's Coal Country, A Ban Brings Blue Skies and Cold Homes (NYT)
Sept 1
W
Who Gets to Breathe Clean Air in New Delhi (NYT)
Toxic Smoke Is Africa's Quiet Killer (NYT)
Burning Coal for Survival in the World's Coldest Capital (NYT)
Sept 3 F What Does It Take to Stop Accepting Pollution as Progress (NYT)
Scary Moms are Part of the Citizen War Against Pollution in Pakistan (NPR)
In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks Virus is One More Deadly Risk (NYT)
Sept 6
M
Labor Day - No class
RQ3
(due 9:00 am Friday, Sept 9)



UK Core Prompts 1 and 2


Every Place Has Its Own Climate Risk. What Is It Where You Live? (NYT)
More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change (NYT)
It's Not Your Imagination, Summers are Getting Hotter (NYT)
Sept 8
W
Week 3: Climate change and extreme heat
As Temperature's Climb, The Elderly, Frail, and Poor are Put at Risk (WNYC)
In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable (NYT)
How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering (NYT)
Sept 10
F
The Great Climate Migration (NYT)
Climate Crisis Catches Power Companies Unprepared (NYT)
This is Inequity at the Boiling Point (NYT)
Sept 13
M
Week 4: Non-communicable disease
RQ4 (due 9:00 am Friday, Sept 17)
UK Core prompts 3 and 4

In Kenya and Across Africa, An Epidemic of Obesity (NYT)
The Other Way Covid Will Kill (NYT)
Sept 15
W
Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC (NYT)
In Asia's Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants (NYT)
One Man's Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India (NYT)
Sept 17
F
Are Kidinfluencers Making Our Kids Fat (NYT)
Gut Microbes Might Keep Malnourished Children From Growing (NYT)
Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications (NYT)
TEST 1
Posted online 5:00 pm Friday, Sept 17
Due 11:59 pm Monday, Sept 27
Sept 20
M
Week 5: Influenza
RQ 5 (due 9:00 am Friday, Sept 24)

UK Core prompts 5 and 6
US CDC 2021-2022 Influenza Season
A Freshly Killed Chicken Is Mightier Than the Coronavirus (NYT)
A New Bird Flu Jumps to Humans. So Far, It's Not a Problem (NYT)
Sept 22
W
An Unequal Blow (Science)
Bill Gates Calls On US to Lead Fight Against A Pandemic That Could Kill 30 Million (WP)
We Knew Disease X Was Coming. It's Here Now (NYT)
How Covid Upended a Century of Patterns in U.S. Deaths (NYT)
Sept 24
F
Is the Future Just a Spike Protein Stamping on a Human Face, Forever? (NYT)
10 African Countries Have No Ventilators. That's Only Part of the Problem (NYT)
Sept 27
M
Week 6: Political instability
RQ 6 (due 9:00 am Friday, Oct 1)
UK Core prompt 7 The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia's War (NYT)
In Kashmir, a Race Against Death, With No Way to Call a Doctor (NYT)
As Venezuela's Politicians Fight Over Aid, Patients Die Without It (NYT)
Climate Change and Political Chaos: A Deadly Mix in Honduras Dengue Epidemic (NYT)
How Mexico's Drug Cartels Are Profiting From the Pandemic (NYT)
Sept 29
W
12 Hours, 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed, and One Culprit: Russia
Oct 1
F
In Myanmar, Health Care's Collapse Takes Its Toll (NYT)
A Multibillion-Dollar Plan to End Polio, and Soon (NYT)
How to Actually Talk to Anti-Maskers (NYT)
Oct 4
M
Week 7: Economic disparity
RQ 7 (due 9:00 an Friday Oct 8)
Peer grading of blogs
UK Core prompt 8
The U.S. Is Lagging Behind Many Rich Countries. These Charts Show Why (NYT)
How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts (NYT)
Who Killed the Knapp Family (NYT)
Oct 6 W The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives, It Saves Them (NYT)
How to Save a Country from Snakebite (Mosaic)
Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It (NYT)
Oct 8
F
Poverty, Disease, Customs: Why So Many Indonesian Children Die of Covid (NYT)
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before (NYT)
College Made Them Feel Equal. The Virus Exposed How Unequal (NYT)
Submit blog URL for grading by 11:59 pm Sunday Oct 10 in Canvas
Oct 11 M Week 8: Global Opioids RQ 8 (due 9:00 am Friday, Oct 15) UK Core prompt 9 The Drug Became His Friend: Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Death (NYT)
Tasked With Combating Opium, Afghan Officials Profit From It (NYT)
Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate (NYT)
Oct 13
W
How a Man With a Van Is Challenging U.K. Drug Policy (NYT)
China Bans All Types of Fentanyl (NYT)
'Opiophobia' Has Left Africa in Agony (NYT)
Oct 15 F 'Safer Opioid' Has Sparked a Crisis in Vulnerable Countries (AP-Pulitzer)
Opioid Crisis Compels New York to Look North for Answers (NYT)
Trapped by the 'WalMart of Heroin' (NYT)
TEST 2
Posted online 5:00 pm Friday, Oct 15

Due 11:59 pm Monday, Oct 25
Oct 18
M
Week 9: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
RQ 9 (due 9:00 am Friday, Oct 22)
UK Core prompt 10 Your Ancestors Knew Death in Ways You Never Will (NYT)
Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis (NYT)
Doctors Heavily Overprescribed Antibiotics Early in the Pandemic (NYT)
Oct 20
W
A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy (NYT)
Drug Giants Create Fund to Bolster Struggling Antibiotic Start-Ups (NYT)
In Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Drug-Resistant Infections (NYT)
Oct 22
F
Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence (NYT)
Could Antibiotics Be A Silver Bullet For Kids In Africa? (NPR)
New Genomic Tests Aim to Diagnose Deadly Infections Faster (NYT)
Oct 25
M
Fall Break
No class
No reading questions this week
No prompt this week
How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases (NYT)
In Uganda, Encounters With the Zika Virus and Mosquitoes Decades Ago (NYT)
What You Need to Know About MERS (NYT)
Oct 27 W Week 10: Ecosystem change and disease Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims (NYT)
Yellow Fever Circles Brazil's Huge Cities (NYT)
We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic (NYT)
Oct 29 F You're Missing Microbes. But Is Rewilding the Way to Get Them Back? (NYT)
Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics (NYT)
The Pandemic From the Virus's Point of View (NYT)
Nov 1
M
Week 11: Malaria and dengue
RQ 10 (due 9:00 am Friday, Nov 5)
UK Core prompt 11 The Mosquitoes Are Coming for Us (NYT)
In Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria (NYT)
Fatal Malaria in the U.S. More Common Than Previously Known (NYT)
Nov 3
W
The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill (NYT)
The Enemy in Waiting (Nature)
In Remote Villages, Surprising New Measures Save Children With Malaria (NYT)
Nov 5 F Giving Malaria a Deadline (NYT)
Scientists Hail Historic Malaria Vaccine but Note Challenges (Nature)
F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use (NYT)
TEST 3
Posted online 5:00 pm Friday, Nov 5

Due 11:59 pm Monday, Nov 15
Nov 8 M Week 12: Vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, and anti-vaxxers RQ 11 (due 9:00 am Friday, Nov 12) UK Core prompt 12 Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between (NYT)
"I Won't be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People" (NYT)
Vaccines Save Lives, But Stricter Laws May Backfire (WP)
Nov 10 W She Hunts Viral Rumors about Real Viruses (NYT)
Health Facts Aren't Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority? (NYT)
How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States (NYT)
Nov 12 F Brazil Halts Trial of Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine (NYT)
The Pandemic Is Showing Us How Capitalism Is Amazing, and Inadequate (NYT)
The Husband-Wife Team Behind the Leading Vaccine to Solve Covid-19 (NYT)
Nov 15
M
Week 13:
HIV-AIDS
RQ 12 (due 9:00 am Friday, Nov 19)
Video assessment instructions

Blog submission (URL due 11:59 pm, Dec 8)
How the Fight Against AIDS Can Inform the Fight Against Covid-19 (NYT)
3 Lessons the AIDS Pandemic Taught Us About Covid (NYT)
Two Strains of H.I.V. Cut Vastly Different Paths (NYT)
Nov 17
W
H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before 'Patient Zero' (NYT)
Gilead Will Donate Truvada to US for HIV Prevention (NYT)
H.I.V. Is Coming to Rural America (NYT)
Nov 19
F
A U.N. Declaration on Ending AIDS Should Have Been Easy. It Wasn't (NYT)
The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V (NYT)
America's Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic (NYT)
Nov 22 M Thanksgiving Break
Nov 24 W
Nov 26 F
Nov 29
M
Week 14
Zoom video assessment recording during recitation (URL for video due 11:59 pm, Dec 5)
Film: Motherland
Dec 1
W
Dec 3
F
Dec 6 M Week 15
Prep Days
Film: In the Same Breath
Dec 8 W
Dec 10 F Reading day No class

TEST 4
Posted online Friday, Dec 10 5:00 pm
Due Thursday, Dec 16th at midnight