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Randall M. Packard, Ph.D.
Chair, History of Medicine
Professor of History of Medicine
Research Interests: History of colonial and post-colonial medicine; History of public health; Health and healing in Africa; Social history of disease ...read more
Dr. Randall Packard is the William H. Welch Professor of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research interests include the social history of disease, health and healing in Africa, and the history of public health and colonial and post-colonial medicine.
Dr. Packard serves as the chair of the History of Medicine department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also has appointments in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of International Health.
His research focuses on the global history of dengue fever. His research examines the emergence and global spread of dengue, with special attention to the complex set of biological, environmental, social and economic conditions that facilitated its rapid global expansion during the last decades of the 20th century. It also explores efforts to understand and control the disease.
He received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Packard was the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African History at Emory University, and Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health.
Dr. Packard is author of The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) and editor of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, a leading journal in its field on the social, cultural, and scientific aspects of the history of medicine worldwide.
- Chair, History of Medicine
- William H. Welch Professor of the History of Medicine
- Professor of History of Medicine
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Dr. Randall’s research currently focuses on the global history of dengue fever. The study will examine the emergence and global spread of dengue, with special attention to the complex set of biological, environmental, social and economic conditions that facilitated its rapid global expansion during the last decades of the twentieth century. It will also explore efforts to understand and control the disease.
- Packard, Randall M. "’Roll Back Malaria, Roll in Development’? Reassessing the Economic Burden of Malaria." Population and Development Review, 35 (2009), 53-87.
- Packard, Randall M. "’Malaria Blocks Development’ Revisited: The Role of Disease in the History of Agricultural Development in the Eastern and Northern Transvaal Lowveld, 1890-1960." Journal of Southern African Studies, 27 (2001), 591-612.
- Packard, Randall M. "’No Other Logical Choice’: Global Malaria Eradication and the Politics of International Health." Parassitologia, 40 (June 1998), 217-230.
- Packard, Randall M. "Malaria Dreams: Postwar Visions of Health and Development in the Third World." Medical Anthropology, 17 (1997), 279-296.
- Packard, Randall M. (with Peter Brown). "Rethinking Health, Development, and Malaria: Historicizing a Cultural Model in International Health." Medical Anthropology, 17 (1997), 181-194.
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International Health Seminar: History of International Health and Development
Disease Control: Comparative Perspectives
History of International Health and Development
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- Co-editor, The Bulletin of the History of Medicine