Disease, Pandemics, and Public Health in the United States




Columbus, OH and Online


June 8-9, 2023 (virtual), June 12-21, 2023 (residential), October 27, 2023 (virtual)


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



Disease, Pandemics, And Public Health in the United States is a combined virtual and in-person NEH Summer Institute for thirty college and university educators, hosted at The Ohio State University. We will explore how infectious disease outbreaks shaped American history; how public health institutions developed; and how political, economic, cultural, and ideological factors have influenced efforts to prevent disease and promote health. We will experiment with innovative ways of teaching and learning about disease and health in historical context, from games and graphic novels to walking tours and cartoons; and learn how to develop pedagogy to build community among students.

Project Director(s)

Marian Moser Jones

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Miranda Worthen; Mariela Espinosa; Hilary Aquino; Jacqueline Antonovich; David Rosner; Amy L. Fairchild; Janet Golden; James Colgrove

Grantee Institution

The Ohio State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs