Welcome to the Calgary History of Medicine and Health Care program

History of Medicine and Health Care Program

Understanding the Past - Creating the Future of Health


History of Medicine Days 2024 Conference dates confirmed (Friday March 15th & Saturday March 16th). Check back for details.


Course This Fall 2023


“This course is a survey of the history of medicine and health care, particularly
in Western societies (Europe and North America), from antiquity to the present. Its general
organization focuses on major topics rather than being chronologically based.”

See flyer for more details: Flyer-HTST493-38-History-of-Medicine-Course-for-Med-Students-FT-2023front-back.pdf


Career Opportunity

Under the leadership of Dr. Guichon in the UofC Dept. of Community Health Sciences, a History of Public Health PostDoc is sought to support research into the history/ethics/community health of water fluoridation in Canada (project to start very soon). 

She and the CIHR team seek the help of a post-doctoral fellow in history.  The advertisement can be found here and might be of interest to an appropriate recent PhD graduate in the history of public health/medicine field:


CHOMS visits Alberta Health Services Archives and Historical Collections

History of Medicine Days 2023 dates confirmed (Friday March 17- Saturday March 18)

Frank W. Stahnisch's "A New Field in Mind: A History of Interdisciplinarity in the Early Brain Sciences" was runner-up for Outstanding Book in the History of the Neurosciences, at the ISHN Conference in Rome, Italy!

Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch delivers the Richardson Seminar at Cornell University, USA

Research article by Dr. Frank Stahnisch: "Émigré neurophysiologists' situated knowledge economies and their roles in forming international cultures of scientific excellence"

16th Biennial IHPST Conference "Call for Papers" extended to March 15, 2022. Visit the conference website for more info and to submit proposals:

AMS Announces 2021 History of Medicine Awardees!

"The History of Medicine and Healthcare: Selected Papers" (2021) is now available:

Mission Statement

"Und es moege nun seyn, dass der Geist der Zukunft auf uns, oder unser Geist auf die Zukunft hinauswirke. – Mein Geist ahnet die Zukunft."
(Johann Gottfried Herder, 1797)


The Program in the History of Medicine & Health Care at the University of Calgary is an active group of faculty teaching and researching in the history of medicine and the health sciences. The Program's aims are:

To attract students and faculty from interdisciplinary backgrounds and cross-departmental affiliation to engage in and contribute to the Program's activities and events and to provide them with an inspiring and compassionate atmosphere in which to develop their educational aims, learning skills and professional life;

To develop and expand the profile and standing of the Program within medical and interdisciplinary communities engaging in historical research and teaching medicine and health care across Canada and abroad;

To relate to the university, the local community and the public at large explaining and interpreting topics from the history of medicine, the life sciences and neuroscience and to build bridges of understanding and contextualization regarding modern biomedical developments and respective applications in social environments;

To conduct interdisciplinary teaching and research in the Cumming School of Medicine and beyond by integrating views from the History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies, Cultural and Media Studies and various other fields bordering on questions of body, life, health technologies, physicianship and patient well-being in human societies.

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