Fall 2020 University of Kentucky
GEO 261: Global Dynamics of Health
Course Syllabus
UK Core Activity
Dr. J. Anthony Stallins
Department of Geography
Aug 17
The context and challenges of global health
Quiz 1
(due 8/24)
Overview of UK Core Activity: The Covid History Project

Prompt: Covid-19 and individual context

This Has Been the Best Year Ever (NYT)
How To Speak Addiction (NPR)
Cervical Cancer and Overcoming Haitian Cultural Barriers (Pultizer Center)
Aug 19
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 21
The Covid-19 Riddle: Why Does the Virus Wallop Some Places and Spare Others? (NYT)
China Dominates Medical Supplies, in this Outbreak and the Next (NYT)
A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces (NYT)
Aug 24
Air pollution and health
Quiz 2
(due 8/31)
Content formatting in Google Blogger

Prompt: predictions about Covid-19 at UK for the semester
See How the World's Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City (NYT)
Toxic Smoke Is Africa's Quiet Killer (NYT)
Burning Coal for Survival in the World's Coldest Capital (NYT)
Aug 26
What Does It Take to Stop Accepting Pollution as Progress (NYT)
In China's Coal Country, A Ban Brings Blue Skies and Cold Homes (NYT)
Scary Mom's are Part of the Citizen War Against Pollution in Pakistan (NPR)
Aug 28 F In the Shadows of America's Smokestacks Virus is One More Deadly Risk (NYT)
New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates (NYT)
A Smoking Gun: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air (NYT)
Aug 31
Climate change and extreme heat
Quiz 3
(due 9/7)

Embedding videos in Blogger

Prompt: Covid-19 and communication

It's Not Your Imagination, Summers are Getting Hotter (NYT)
In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable (NYT)
As Temperature's Climb, The Elderly, Frail, and Poor are Put at Risk (WNYC)
Sept 2
The Great Climate Migration (NYT)
How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering (NYT)
This is Inequity at the Boiling Point (NYT)
Sept 4
25 Years After Heat Wave, COVID-19 Gives Chicago New Summer Foe (Chicago Tribune)
Emissions Are Surging Back as Countries and States Reopen (NYT)
What a Week's Disasters Tell Us About Climate and the Pandemic (NYT)
Sept 7
Non-communicable disease
Quiz 4 (due Sept 14)
Blog Assessment 1

Prompt: Covid-19 and changes in food and diet
Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC (NYT)
In Kenya and Across Africa, An Epidemic of Obesity (NYT)
Sept 9
In Town with Little Water, Coca-Cola is Everywhere (NYT)
One Man's Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India (NYT)
Gut Microbes Might Keep Malnourished Children From Growing (NYT)
Sept 11
Where Chronic Health Conditions and Coronavirus Could Collide (NYT)
Why Coronavirus Is Killing African-Americans More Than Others (NYT)
Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths (NYT)
Posted online 5:00 pm Friday, Sept 11th
Sept 14
Quiz 5 (due Sept 21)
Flu versus Covid-19

Prompt: Pop culture and the pandemic

A Freshly Killed Chicken Is Mightier Than the Coronavirus (NYT)
Bill Gates Calls On US to Lead Fight Against A Pandemic That Could Kill 30 Million (WP)
Sept 16
Swine Flu Strain with Human Pandemic Potential (Science)
Don't Leave the W.H.O. Strengthen It (NYT)
What the Pandemic Reveals About the Male Ego (NYT)
Fearing a 'Twindemic,' Health Experts Push Urgently for Flu Shots (NYT)
Sept 18
10 African Countries Have No Ventilators. That's Only Part of the Problem. (NYT)
We Knew Disease X Was Coming. It's Here Now (NYT)
Sept 21
Political instability
Quiz 6(due Sept 30)
UK Core Issue: How do we distribute the Covid vaccine locally? 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)
12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit Russia (NYT)
Sept 23
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before (NYT)
Sept 25
How Mexico's Drug Cartels Are Profiting From the Pandemic (NYT)
Americans are the Dangerous, Disease-Carrying Foreigners Now (WP)
How to Actually Talk to Anti-Maskers (NYT)
Sept 28
Economic disparity
Quiz 7 (due Oct 5)
Health equity and meritocracy

Prompt: How class and Covid shape college education
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)
Sept 30 W The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters (NYT)
The $15 Minimum Wage Doesn't Just Improve Lives, It Saves Them (NYT)
Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It (NYT)
Oct 2
The Rich Love India's Lockdown. For the Poor It's Another Story (NYT)
In the Epicenter of Mexico's Epicenter, Feeling Like a 'Trapped Animal' (NYT)
Location Data Says It All: Staying at Home During Coronavirus Is a Luxury (NYT)
Oct 5 M Global Opioids Quiz 8 (due Oct 12) Blog Assessment 2 Tasked With Combating Opium, Afghan Officials Profit From It (NYT)
Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate (NYT)
China Bans All Types of Fentanyl (NYT)
Oct 7
In a Town Where Meth Is Eclipsing Opioids, Everyone Feels the Pain (NYT)
'Opiophobia' Has Left Africa in Agony (NYT)
'Safer Opioid' Has Sparked a Crisis in Vulnerable Countries (AP-Pulitzer)
Oct 9 F Opioid Crisis Compels New York to Look North for Answers (NYT)
Trapped by the 'WalMart of Heroin' (NYT)
The Drug Became His Friend: Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Death (NYT)
Posted online, Friday Oct 9
at 5 pm
Oct 12
Antimicrobial resistance
Quiz 9 (due Oct 19)
Vaccine politics

Prompt: Why cooperation trumps competition
Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis (NYT)
Doctors Heavily Overprescribed Antibiotics Early in the Pandemic (NYT)
A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy (NYT)
Oct 14
Drug Giants Create Fund to Bolster Struggling Antibiotic Start-Ups (NYT)
Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence (NYT)
Could Antibiotics Be A Silver Bullet For Kids In Africa? (NPR)
Oct 16
In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections (NYT)
New Genomic Tests Aim to Diagnose Deadly Infections Faster (NYT)
Your Ancestors Knew Death in Ways You Never Will (NYT)
Oct 19
Ecosystem change and zoonoses
Quiz 10 (due Oct 26)
Vaccine politics

Prompt: Gaming the race
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 21 W 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 23 F U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year (NYT)
Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics (NYT)
The Pandemic From the Virus's Point of View (NYT)
Oct 26
Malaria and dengue
Quiz 11 (due Nov 2)
Blog Assesssment 3 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)
Oct 28
The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill (NYT)
In Remote Villages, Surprising New Measures Save Children With Malaria (NYT)
Giving Malaria a Deadline (NYT)
Oct 30 F Widespread Testing Begins on Malaria Vaccine That Is Only Partly Effective (NYT)
F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use (NYT)
F.D.A. Revokes Emergency Approval of Malaria Drugs Promoted by Trump (NYT)
Posted online Friday, Oct 30 by 5 pm

Due Friday, Nov 6 at 11:59 pm
Nov 2
Primary care (No slides)
There is no online lecture, quiz, or recitation meeting this week, but you are expected to watch on your own the documentary film Motherland. There will be questions about the film on the last test, so pay attention and take notes as you watch it. Some of the questions will ask you to identify characters and their particular dilemma. Others will ask you know general facts about the location and operation of this maternity ward. The film is available on Amazon.
Nov 4
Nov 6
Nov 9
We will have lectures on Monday and Wednesday. Slides are posted for this unit. However, there is no quiz or recitation meeting this week. In lieu of the quiz and the readings you are expected to watch on your own the film Life Above All. There will be questions about the film on the last test, so pay attention and take notes as you watch it. Some of the questions will ask you to identify characters and their particular dilemma. The film is widely available online to rent.
Nov 11
Nov 13
Nov 16 M
Vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, and anti-vaxxers
Quiz 13 (due Nov 30th)
Blog Assessment 4 (due Nov 30th) Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between (NYT)
Vaccines Save Lives, but Stricter Laws May Backfire (WP)
Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines (NYT)
Nov 18 W Health Facts Aren't Enough. Should Persuasion Become a Priority? (NYT)
How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States (NYT)
"I Won't be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People" (NYT)
Nov 20 F The Husband-Wife Team Leading the Vaccine to Solve Covid-19 (NYT)
Brazil Halts Trial of Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine (NYT)
The Pandemic Is Showing Us How Capitalism Is Amazing, and Inadequate (NYT)

Posted online Monday, Nov 30, 9:00 am
Submit before Friday, Dec 4 at 5:00 pm