CHB 533 Corporations and Public Health

Chronic diseases kill far more people than infectious diseases. Many deaths from chronic diseases could be postponed or prevented by simple lifestyle practices. Suboptimal nutrition and the use of tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, firearms and motor vehicles can impact our health in multiple ways. The threat of climate change is advanced by the fossil fuel industry, as well as by animal agriculture. Corporations develop, produce, and promote various products in order to maximize profit, which increases shareholder value. Promoting the public?s health is generally not the priority. In this course we will study the history of the corporation, the larger context of laws and international organizations in which corporations operate, tactics used by corporations that can undermine public health, and strategies that can be used to counter deleterious corporate practices.