Fall 2023 University of Kentucky
GEO 261: Global Dynamics of Health
Course Syllabus
Dr. J. Anthony Stallins
Department of Geography
Topic slides
Friday recitation
Aug 21 M Week 1: The context and origins of global health
Reading/questions (RQ) 1
(due 11:59 pm Tuesday, Sept 5)
Overview of documentary film essay paper

Start Crip Camp
How Long Will This Child Live (NYT)
How a Vast Demographic Shift Will Reshape the World (NYT)
This May Be the Most Important Thing Happening in the World (NYT)
The Chains of Mental Illness in West Africa (NYT)
Aug 23 W A Radical Experiment in Mental Health Care, Tested Over Centuries (NYT)
Indian Drugs Are a Global Lifeline: For Dozens of Children, They Were Deadly (NYT)
Cervical Cancer and Overcoming Haitian Cultural Barriers (Pulitzer Center)
Aug 25 F Why Saving Kids is Bad Business in America (NYT)
It's Time to End the Colonial Mindset in Global Health (NPR)
The Problem with Decolonizing Global Health (Persuasion)
Aug 28 M
Week 2: Particulate air pollution and global health
RQ 2 (due 11:59 pm Tuesday, Sept 5)
Crip Camp 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)
The American West's Haunting, Smoke-Filled Future (NYT)
Aug 30 W Air Quality This Week Gives U.S. a Glimpse of the World's Air Pollution (NYT)
Who Gets to Breathe Clean Air in New Delhi (NYT)
Toxic Smoke Is Africa's Quiet Killer (NYT)
Sept 1 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)
Labor Day - Monday Sept 4
Sept 6 W Week 3: Climate change and extreme heat
RQ3 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 10)

Finish Crip Camp

Phoenix's Month in Hell: A 31-Day Streak of Record Heat Ends (NYT)
A Climate Warning from the Cradle of Civilization (NYT)
On Climate Change's Front Lines, Hard Lives Grow Even Harder (NYT)
More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change (NYT)
Sept 8 F In India, Summer Heat May Soon Be Literally Unbearable (NYT)
Extreme Heat Is Endangering America's Workers and Its Economy (Pulitzer Center)
How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering (NYT)
This Is Inequity at the Boiling Point (NYT)
Sept 11 M
Week 4: Non-communicable diseases
RQ4 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 17)
Start The Cave

In Kenya and Across Africa, An Epidemic of Obesity (NYT)
The World's Malnourished Kids Don't Need a $295 Burger (NYT)
Sept 13 W Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC (NYT)
In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger (NYT)
One Man's Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India (NYT)
Sept 15 F
Are Kidinfluencers Making Our Kids Fat?(NYT)
Melted, Pounded, Extruded: Why Many Ultra-Processed Foods Are Unhealthy (WP)
In Poorer Countries, Obesity Can Signal Financial Security (NYT)
Test 1
Posted 5:00 pm Friday, Sept 15
Due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 24
Sept 18 M
Week 5: Influenza and respiratory viruses
RQ 5 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Sept 24)
The Cave 2023-2024 Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines (WHO)
A Freshly Killed Chicken Is Mightier Than the Coronavirus (NYT)
We Knew Disease X Was Coming. It's Here Now (NYT)
Sept 20 W Why Dead Birds Are Falling From the Sky (NYT)
An Undiscovered Coronavirus? The Mystery of the 'Russian Flu' (NYT)
'The Risk Is Staggering,' Report Says of Disease From U.S. Animal Industries (NYT)
Sept 22 F
How Covid Upended a Century of Patterns in U.S. Deaths (NYT)
Could the Next Pandemic Start at the County Fair? (NYT)
A Dolphin, a Porpoise and Two Men Got Bird Flu. That's a Warning (NYT)
Sept 25 M Week 6: Political instability
RQ 6 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Oct 1)
Finish The Cave 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 27 W Climate Change and Political Chaos: A Deadly Mix in Honduras Dengue Epidemic (NYT)
In Myammar, Health Care's Collapse Takes Its Own Toll (NYT)
Russia's Attacks on Ukraine Hospitals Show a Sinister Pattern (NYT Video)
Sept 29 F
Inside the Final Days of the Doctor China Tried to Silence (NYT Video)
'It's a Struggle Against Death': Ukrainian Combat Medics Race to Save Lives (NYT Video)
Trapped Between Extremists and Extreme Weather, Somalis Brace for Famine (NYT)
Oct 2 M Week 7: Economic disparity
RQ 7 (due 11:59 pm Sunday Oct 8)
Start Motherland How Do We Fix the Scandal That Is American Health Care? (NYT)
College Made Them Feel Equal. The Virus Exposed How Unequal (NYT)
'Not the Kind of Life a Human Being Should Live' (Pulitzer Center)
Oct 4 W Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages (NYT)
Your Ancestors, Your Fate? (NYT)
Who Killed the Knapp Family (NYT)
Oct 6 F
It's Not 'Deaths of Despair.' It's Deaths of Children (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 9 M Week 8: Global opioids RQ 8 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Oct 15 Motherland
The U.S. Has Led the War on Drugs Abroad for Decades, and It's Been a Failure (NYT)
Why Americans Feel More Pain (NYT)
Overdoses Soared Even As Prescription Pain Pills Plunged (WP)
Oct 11 W 'Opiophobia' Has Left Africa in Agony (NYT)
'Safer Opioid' Has Sparked a Crisis in Vulnerable Countries (AP-Pulitzer)
The Taliban's Successful Opium Ban is Bad for Afghans and the World (USIP)
Oct 13 F The Drug Trade Now Flourishing in Afghanistan: Meth (WP)
Scenes From a City That Only Hands Out Tickets for Using Fentanyl (NYT)
How a Man With a Van Is Challenging U.K. Drug Policy (NYT)
Test 2
Posted 5:00 pm Friday, Oct 13
Due 11:59 pm Tuesday, Oct 24
Oct 16 M Week 9: Antimicrobial resistance
RQ 9 (due 11:59 pm Tuesday, Oct 24)
Finish Motherland Your Ancestors Knew Death in Ways You Never Will (NYT)
New Genomic Tests Aim to Diagnose Deadly Infections Faster (NYT)
In the Wake of India's Covid Crisis, a 'Black Fungus' Epidemic Follows (NYT)
Oct 18 W A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy (NYT)
Drug Giants Create Fund to Bolster Struggling Antibiotic Start-Ups (NYT)
Can a Federally Funded 'Netflix Model' Fix the Broken Market for Antibiotics? (NYT)
Oct 20 F Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence (NYT)
In Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Drug-Resistant Infections (NYT)
Drug-Resistant Bacteria Tied to Eyedrops Can Spread Person to Person (NYT)
Fall Break - Monday Oct 23
Oct 25
W Week 10: Ecosystem change and zoonotic disease RQ 10 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 5)   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)
Yellow Fever Circles Brazil's Huge Cities (NYT)
You're Missing Microbes. But Is Rewilding the Way to Get Them Back? (NYT)
We Made the Coronavirus Pandemic (NYT)
Oct 27 F Deforestation Brings Bat-Borne Virus Home to Roost (NYT)
Epidemics That Weren't: How Countries Shut Down Recent Outbreaks (NYT)
Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics (NYT)
Test 3
Posted 11:59 pm Sunday Oct 29th
Due 11:59 pm Sunday Nov 12th
Oct 30 M Week 11: Vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, and anti-vaxxers RQ 11 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 5) Start How To Survive a Plague Nigerian State Winning War Against COVID Is Losing Children to Meningitis (Pulitzer Center)
Covid Vaccine Gets Muted Welcome in Land Awash in Bigger Problems (NYT)
She Hunts Viral Rumors about Real Viruses (NYT)
Nov 1 W Vaccine Injury Claims are Few and Far Between (NYT)
How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States (NYT)
Lab Leak Fight Casts Chill Over Virology Research (NYT)
Nov 3 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 6 M
Week 12: HIV-AIDS
RQ 12 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 12)
How to Survive a Plague
The Cell that Started a Pandemic (Radiolab)
3 Lessons the AIDS Pandemic Taught Us About Covid (NYT)
Two Strains of H.I.V. Cut Vastly Different Paths (NYT)
Nov 8 W H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before 'Patient Zero' (NYT)
How a Drugmaker Profited by Slow-Walking a Promising H.I.V. Therapy (NYT)
H.I.V. Is Coming to Rural America (NYT)
Nov 10 F A U.N. Declaration on Ending AIDS Should Have Been Easy. It Wasn't (NYT)
The U.S. Program That Brought H.I.V. Treatment to 20 Million People (NYT)
Global Push to Treat H.I.V. Leaves Children Behind (NYT)
Nov 13 M Week 13
Malaria, dengue, and mosquitoes
RQ 13 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Nov 26) How to Survive a Plague U.S. Sees First Cases of Local Malaria Transmission in Two Decades (NYT)
Mosquitoes Are a Growing Public Health Threat, Reversing Years of Progress (NYT)
An Invasive Mosquito Threatens Catastrophe in Africa (NYT)
Nov 15 W Insecticides Can't Stop These Mosquitoes, Now What (NYT)
Unleashing a New Weapon on the Mosquito: A Mosquito (NYT)
The Gamble: Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes End Disease? (NYT)
Nov 17 F At Long Last, Can Malaria Be Eradicated? (NYT)
One Village Two Houses - A New Tactic to Win the War on Mosquitoes (NYT)
What to Know About Dengue Fever as Cases Spread to New Places (NYT)
Thanksgiving Break
Nov 27 M
Week 14
Primary care
RQ 14 (due 11:59 pm Sunday, Dec 3)

Finish How to Survive a Plague

World Population May Peak in Your Lifetime: What Happens Next (NYT)
Long Slide Looms for World Population, With Sweeping Ramifications (NYT)
The Lifesaving Power of Paperwork? (NYT)
Nov 29 W The Moral Crisis of America's Doctors (NYT)
Your Next Hospital Bed Might Be at Home (NYT)
A Decongestant in Cold Medicines Does Not Work at All, an F.D.A. Panel Says (NYT)
Dec 1 F One Day With an Ambulance in Britain: Long Waits, Rising Frustration (NYT)
I Studied Five Countries' Health Care Systems. We Need to Get More Creative (NYT)
China's Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and 'No Trust' (NYT)
Dec 3 S Week 15 Documentary film essay paper due in Canvas at 11:59 pm
Dec 4 M Prep days
Dec 6 W
Dec 8 F Reading day - no class meeting
Test 4
Posted 11:59 pm Sunday, Dec 10th
Due 11:59 pm Thursday, Dec 14th