people holding banner for AIDS research funding
The early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic were marked by stigma and confusion. Rollis University/New York Historical Society photo

PUBH 420/720

This is a one-credit lecture course. Instructors Ronald Strauss, DMD, PhD, and Christopher Hurt, MD, offer participants a multidisciplinary perspective on HIV/AIDS – its etiology, immunology, epidemiology and impact on individuals and society. How HIV/AIDS is framed by a society determines not only how affected persons are treated but also the degree to which the rights of the individual are upheld. The goal is to understand the complexity and multi-dimensionality of the evolving phenomenon known as HIV/AIDS as a paradigm for the relationship between disease, society and public policy.

This course is offered with the support of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Office of the Vice Provost of Health Affairs, the UNC Center for AIDS Research (Grant # P30 HI50410), and UNC’s Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health.

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None. Open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.


Ronald Strauss, DMD, PhD
UNC Executive Vice Provost
Adams Distinguished Professor of Dentistry and Professor of Social Medicine

Christopher Hurt, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, North Carolina HIV Training and Education Center