Public Health in Film & Fiction Course organized by Carol Whittaker,who has combined the works of writers, and filmmakers with public health themes in different life scenarios. In my opinion, it was a great idea for the graduate students to see the public health challenges from other professional point of view, even though without the scientific preciseness. The course has allowed to observe and provide feedback from a public health professional’s view through discussions.
One of the most important take-out from the course is learning and understanding ” the usefulness of art in creating public health awareness” and thinking how others might view the health problem and what significance they put into difference diseases or public emergency situations. Here are some of the movies I watched, dropping by: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.; A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America; Philip Roth’s novel Nemesis. The most touching and impressive story of polio in the US from outbreaks and constant fear among population to finding vaccine, trials, and eradication.