Fall 2022 University of Kentucky
GEO 261: Global Dynamics of Health
Course Syllabus
Dr. J. Anthony Stallins
Department of Geography
Topic slides
Friday recitation
Aug 22 M Week 1: The context and origins of global health
Reading/questions (RQ) 1
(due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 4)
Overview of UK Core Project
How Long Will This Child Live (NYT)
How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life (NYT)
Under Lockdown In China (NYT)
Millions Had Risen Out of Poverty (NYT)
Aug 24 W As India Limits Syringe Exports, A Supply Crunch (NYT)
A Clunky Mask May Be the Answer to Airborne Disease and N95 Waste (NYT)
Cervical Cancer and Overcoming Haitian Cultural Barriers (Pulitzer Center)
Aug 26 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 29 M
Week 2: Air pollution and health
RQ 2 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 4)
Google Blogger set up Air Pollution Kills 10 Million People a Year. Why Do We Accept That as Normal? (NYT)
See How the World's Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City (NYT)
In China's Coal Country, A Ban Brings Blue Skies and Cold Homes (NYT)
Aug 31 W A New Era of Air Pollution in the Tropics (NYT)
Toxic Smoke Is Africa's Quiet Killer (NYT)
Who Gets to Breathe Clean Air in New Delhi (NYT)
Sept 2 F Burning Coal for Survival in the World's Coldest Capital (NYT)
A New York City Clean Air Program Pays Citizens to Report Idling Trucks (NYT)
What Does It Take to Stop Accepting Pollution as Progress (NYT)
Sept 5 M Labor Day - No class
RQ3 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 11)

Prompt 1

More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change (NYT)
In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable (NYT)
Spring Never Came to India This Year (NYT)
Sept 7 W
Week 3: Climate change and extreme heat
On Climate Change's Front Lines, Hard Lives Grow Even Harder (NYT)
As Temperature's Climb, The Elderly, Frail, and Poor are Put at Risk (WNYC)
The Great Climate Migration (NYT)
Sept 9 F
The Mysteriously Low Death Toll of the Heat Waves in India and Pakistan (NYT)
This is Inequity at the Boiling Point (NYT)
Sept 12 M
Week 4: Non-communicable disease
RQ4 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 18)
Prompt 2

In Kenya and Across Africa, An Epidemic of Obesity (NYT)
The World's Malnourished Kids Don't Need a $295 Burger (NYT)
Sept 14 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 16 F
Are Kidinfluencers Making Our Kids Fat?(NYT)
The Other Way Covid Will Kill (NYT)
Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications (NYT)
Test 1
Posted 5:00 pm Friday, Sept 16
Due 11:59 pm Wednesday, Sept 28
Sept 19 M
Week 5: Influenza and respiratory viruses
RQ 5 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 25)

Prompt 3
2022-2023 Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines (WHO)
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 21 W Is This What Endemic Disease Looks Like? (NYT)
An Undiscovered Coronavirus? The Mystery of the 'Russian Flu' (NYT)
We Knew Disease X Was Coming. It's Here Now (NYT)
Sept 23 F
How Covid Upended a Century of Patterns in U.S. Deaths (NYT)
A Gull Flaps Its Wings and a Deadly Virus Explodes (NYT)
10 African Countries Have No Ventilators. That's Only Part of the Problem (NYT)
Sept 26 M
Guest Speaker - in person attendance required
RQ 6 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Oct 2)
Prompt 4 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)
Sept 28 W Week 6: Political instability Climate Change and Political Chaos: A Deadly Mix in Honduras Dengue Epidemic (NYT)
How Mexico's Drug Cartels Are Profiting From the Pandemic (NYT)
Russia's Attacks on Ukraine Hospitals Show a Sinister Pattern (NYT)
Sept 30 F
In Myanmar, Health Care's Collapse Takes Its Toll (NYT)
A Multibillion-Dollar Plan to End Polio, and Soon (NYT)
'We Buried Him and Kept Walking': Children Die as Somalis Flee Hunger (NYT)
Oct 3 M Week 7: Economic disparity
RQ 7 (due 11:59 pm Sunday Oct 9)
Prompt 5 Living with the Risks of Childhood Lead Exposure (Pulitzer Center)
Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages (NYT)
A Desperate India Falls Prey to Covid Scammers (NYT)
Oct 5 W Collapse: Inside Lebanon's Worst Economic Meltdown in More Than a Century (NYT)
Who Killed the Knapp Family (NYT)
The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives, It Saves Them (NYT)
Oct 7 F Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It (NYT)
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before (NYT)
College Made Them Feel Equal. The Virus Exposed How Unequal (NYT)
Oct 10 M Week 8: Global opioids RQ 8 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Oct 16 Blog URL due 11:59 pm, Sunday, Oct 23
Trapped by the 'WalMart of Heroin' (NYT)
The U.S. Has Led the War on Drugs Abroad for Decades, and It's Been a Failure (NYT)
Green Energy Complicates the Taliban's New Battle Against Opium (NYT)
Oct 12 W 'Opiophobia' Has Left Africa in Agony (NYT)
'Safer Opioid' Has Sparked a Crisis in Vulnerable Countries (AP-Pulitzer)
Opioid Crisis Compels New York to Look North for Answers (NYT)
Oct 14 F How a Man With a Van Is Challenging U.K. Drug Policy (NYT)
Vancouver's Unconventional Approach to its Fentanyl Crisis (NYT Podcast)
Canada Decriminalizes Opioids and Other Drugs in British Columbia (NYT)
Test 2
Posted 5:00 pm Friday Oct 14
Oct 17 M
Week 9: Antimicrobial resistance
RQ 9 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Oct 23)
Blog URL due 11:59 pm, Sunday, Oct 23 Your Ancestors Knew Death in Ways You Never Will (NYT)
Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis (NYT)
New Genomic Tests Aim to Diagnose Deadly Infections Faster (NYT)
Oct 19 W Drug-Resistant Infections in Hospitals Soared During the Pandemic (NYT)
A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy (NYT)
Drug Giants Create Fund to Bolster Struggling Antibiotic Start-Ups (NYT)
Oct 21 F Hedgehogs are a Source of Drug-Resistant Bacteria (NYT)
In Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Drug-Resistant Infections (NYT)
Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence (NYT)
Oct 31
M Week 10: Ecosystem change and zoonotic disease RQ 10 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 6) Prompt 6 How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases (NYT)
Animals That Infect Humans Are Scary. It's Worse When We Infect them Back (NYT)
Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims (NYT)
Nov 2 W We Made the Coronavirus Epidemic (NYT)
The Forgotten Virus: Zika Families and Researchers Struggle for Support (NYT)
You're Missing Microbes. But Is Rewilding the Way to Get Them Back? (NYT)
Nov 4 F Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics (NYT)
Yellow Fever Circles Brazil's Huge Cities (NYT)
New Infectious Threats Are Coming. The U.S. Probably Won't Contain Them (NYT)
Test 3
Posted 5:00 pm Friday Nov 4
Due 11:59 pm Sunday Nov 13
Nov 7 M Week 11: Vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, and anti-vaxxers RQ 12 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 13) Prompt 7 In Romania, Hard-Hit by Covid, Doctors Fight Vaccine Refusal (NYT)
Covid Vaccine Gets Muted Welcome in Land Awash in Bigger Problems (NYT)
She Hunts Viral Rumors about Real Viruses (NYT)
Nov 9 W Vaccine Injury Claims are Few and Far Between (NYT)
How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States (NYT)
Public Health Catastrophe Looms in Ukraine (NYT)
Nov 11 F The Pandemic Is Showing Us How Capitalism Is Amazing, and Inadequate (NYT)
Sharp Drop in Childhood Vaccinations Threatens Millions of Lives (NYT)
The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa's Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations (NYT)
Nov 14 M
Week 12:
RQ 13 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 20)
Prompt 8
UK Core video
Yes, a Raging Pandemic Can Be Quelled. Recent History Shows How (NYT)
Two Strains of HIV Cut Widely Divergent Paths (NYT)
H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before 'Patient Zero' (NYT)
Nov 16 W What Can One Life Tell Us About the Battle Against HIV (NYT)
Gilead Will Donate Truvada to US for HIV Prevention (NYT)
A U.N. Declaration on Ending AIDS Should Have Been Easy. It Wasn't (NYT)
Nov 18 F HIV Infections Remain Persistently High (NYT)
HIV is Coming to Rural America (NYT)
How the Fight Against AIDS Can Inform the Fight Against Covid-19 (NYT)
Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 M
Week 13
Final blog submission and Zoom URL due by 11:59 pm Sunday, Dec 4
In class film: Motherland
(No Zoom access, students not in attendance are responsible for renting the film on their own)
Nov 30 W
Dec 2 F
Dec 5 M Week 14
Prep days - Class meets
In class film: Invisible Demons
(No Zoom access, students not in attendance are responsible for renting the film on their own)
Dec 7 W
Dec 9 F Reading day - No class  

Test 4
Posted 9:00 am Monday, Dec 12
Due 5:00 pm Thursday, Dec 15