Odyssey: The History of Hospitals

How did hospitals become the center of modern health care, sites of miraculous cures and soaring costs? This class traces the origins of the hospital from medieval Europe to 19th-century Baltimore, and on to the present-day health care crisis. The class focuses on Johns Hopkins, which became a global model for hospitals as tools for medical education and research. Over the past hundred years, lifesaving technology advanced while access to care remained vastly unequal. Analyzing the social, political, and scientific contexts of this story will fuel critical and creative discussion about the future of American medicine.

914.587.01 Homewood campus Wednesdays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. No class Nov. 22. Cost: $149 (six sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516, for more information.