What Can Medical Students Learn From Art History? The University of Virginia’s New Course Reveals How Art Shaped Our Understanding of Plagues

The popular online ARTNET news service did a story about “Confronting Epidemics—Perspectives from History, Ethics, and the Arts,” an intensive required course for the UVA School of Medicine Classes of 2021 and 2022, offered 22 March-3 April 2020, early in the Covid-19 pandemic, just after students were sent home from clinical rotations. Center core faculty Marcia Day Childress and James Childress created and led the course, which also drew on UVA faculty expertise in art history—Fralin Museum of Art curator Jordan Love, who provided plague-time visual images—and history—professor Christian McMillen, who wrote Pandemics—A Very Short Introduction, which was the course’s anchor text.



This story appeared on 10 June 2020.