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Department of Medicine Elective Catalog History of Medicine Elective

History of Medicine Elective

Preceptor: David Oshinsky, PhD
Telephone: 212-263-3973
Prerequisites: None


This elective is a month-long course, meeting for 2.5 hours, 3 days per week, led by NYU Langone faculty and distinguished visiting scholars. Subjects will include Medicine and Science in History; Changing Concepts of Medical Evidence; the Historical Impact of Disease; Public Health in a Global Perspective; the History of Medical Specialties, such as Surgery and Psychiatry; and the History of Medicine in New York City. In addition, students may use this 4-week elective as the didactic component of their 12-week History of Medicine concentration.

Objectives of the Elective

To explore advanced topics in history of medicine, public health, and the impact of disease not covered in the regular medical school curriculum.

Key Responsibilities of the Student While on Elective

Regular attendance, extensive readings, and a series of short papers are required.

Didactic Program

The class will be discussion format led by NYU Langone faculty and distinguished visiting scholars.

Method of Evaluation

Grading will be based on the quality of written assignments and class participation.

Scheduling Information

Months offered: Apr & Oct

Maximum enrollment per session: 25