INSTRUCTOR: Kate Iglesias Houghton
Politics of Cancer is an advanced course that explores the history of cancer through the lens of the public policy life cycle. The course will focus on the interaction between federal agencies, the legislative branch, and outside influences such as public opinion, donors, and lobbyists.
Students will spend the first half of the course learning about the history of cancer from its discovery to the Cancer Moonshot introduced at the 2016 State of the Union by Present Barack Obama. For the second half of the course, students will be assigned one (1) cancer as a case study. They will be required to track the progress of that disease from discovery to treatments to public awareness programs. Each week students will hear from members of federal agencies and legislative bodies with the jurisdiction for funding, researching, and treating cancer. As the course’s capstone project, students will deliver a presentation that tracks the cancer they have been assigned through the political process.