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Contagion: Causes, Costs, and Containment

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2015 Global Health Studies Conference

November 6-8, 2015

The early 1980's were a brief but heady period when the global community believed that infectious diseases would soon be conquered. Smallpox had been eliminated, TB was waning with the expansion of antibiotic therapy, and HIV was not yet in the headlines. However, within a decade, HIV had exploded globally, antibiotic resistant TB was spreading and there was a resurgence of infectious sources of diarrheal and febrile disease, making it clear that infectious diseases were not a thing of the past.

Inequity and inequality driven by political, economic, environmental, and cultural factors ensure that infectious disease is a continuing threat. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the current burden of infectious disease in historic, economic, social, and political contexts. Discussions will highlight the conjunction of clinical, public health, and social science approaches to managing the global threat of infectious disease.


Students wishing to register for this course should enroll in GHS:3030 on MyUI. Students who register for Section 0001 will have a pre-conference meeting on October 12, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM in 140 SH. Students who register for Section 0002 will have a pre-conference meeting on October 15, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM in 140 SH. All students will attend the conference together on November 6-8, 2015.

Community members can also register. Course fee is $40. Please make check payable to University of Iowa. Payment may be made at the conference, or mailed in advance, along with the registration form.


This conference is sponsored by the Global Health Studies Programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and International Programs


Christopher Squier

Sarolta Petersen