James Webb, Professor of Health history at the Colby College in the United States, will be invited Professor at the Centre Virchow-Villermé from March until May 2016. He will develops, with the help of the educational staff of the CVV a MOOC entitled “Global Health History.” It will introduce public health professionals to the emerging sub discipline of global health history and explore its value in informing contemporary global health practices. The course will emphasize the historical epidemiology of contemporary disease challenges, through examining the histories of malaria control, smallpox eradication, sanitation and water programs, and childhood vaccinations.
James L.A. Webb, Jr. is Professor of History at Colby College in Maine, where he teaches courses in global health history and African health history. His research in historical epidemiology integrates evidence from the biological sciences and the social sciences to develop historical perspectives that are useful to practitioners and planners in global public health.
In 2010, Prof. Webb received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to conduct research on the historical epidemiology of African malarial infections and interventions. From 2011-2013, Prof. Webb was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine grant for Scholarly Writing in Biomedicine and Health. In 2015 he was awarded a grant from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, where he is in residence during the fall of 2015. He is the founding editor of the series Perspectives on Global Health and the series Ecology and History at the Ohio University Press. He is currently working on a global historical epidemiology of enteric disease, biomedicine, and public health.