Global Pandemics

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Global Pandemics
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113: MWF 9:00-9:50AM
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115: MWF 10:00-10:50AM
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197: MWF 12:00-12:50PM
Fall 2017
Global Issues

This course explores the history and patterns of disease, dating back to the Black Death in the 14th century to the current outbreak of the Zika virus today. We will explore the great disparities that exist today as a result of different environmental and social conditions, the differences in health and life expectancies found around the world, and compare different approaches to health care. With today’s newly emerging and re-emerging diseases as a result of climate change, government policies, and social inequalities, this topic is timely and relevant. This is a discussion based course designed to stimulate critical thinking and communication skills, and to emphasize the importance of being a responsible member of the community, as well as a world citizen. Because of our ever globalizing world, the social and environmental choices we make at home impacts the health and lives of people globally. While this course may have some disturbing content, it is not intended to alarm, but rather to raise awareness of the inequalities, vulnerabilities, and environmental changes that greatly impact health and mortality.


Kelly Ann Renwick is completing her PhD in Geography from McGill University in Montréal, Québec. Her research focuses on the influence of low social support on premature mortality and hospital utilization among elderly populations in Canada. She is a health geographer with research interests that include the social determinants of health, health inequalities, population health, and disease ecology. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Arts in Geography from Appalachian State University. Prior to beginning her PhD, Kelly taught geography and world studies at Appalachian State University.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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