Founded in 1929, we are the oldest academic department of the History of Medicine in the English-speaking world. We are dedicated to scholarship on the histories of medicine, disease, the health sciences, and their relationships to society.


The History of Medicine


Making of a Tropical Disease

Reviews in History has named Dept. Chair Randall Packard's The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (JHUP, 2007) one of the most significant and or influential history books of the last twenty years:

Department Chair Randall M. Packard's new book, A History of Global Health: Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples (Johns Hopkins University Press), is out now. The book examines the limits of international health interventions in underdeveloped areas, despite the billions of dollars invested in such...

Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney will work on an interdisciplinary NIH Center of Excellence reseach project with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to examine the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases. The research team will develop and conduct three pilot projects that study how genomic information...



George Weisz of McGill University will present their colloquia paper entitield "International Research Policy and the Emergence of the New Global...

Victor Braitberg of University of Arizona, far left, and Jeremy Greene of Johns Hopkins University, just left, will present their colloquia paper...

The Institute of the History of Medicine & the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute present: 
Media Medica: Medicine & the Challenge of New...

Monica Azzolini of University of Edinburgh will present "Skirting Disaster: The Making of Patron Saints of Earthquakes in Early Modern Italy and...