George Rosen Prize

George Rosen (NLM)

George Rosen (NLM)

The George Rosen Prize is awarded in odd years to one or more authors/creators of an article, essay, edited volume, museum exhibition, film, or other significant contribution to the history of public health or the history of social medicine published or created in the five calendar years preceding the award’s nomination deadline, i.e. from 2013 to 2018. “Social medicine” here refers to historical efforts to heal, relieve, or prevent diseases arising inherently from social circumstances and is intended to be distinct from the “social history of medicine.” In this context, “social” refers to the perspective of the historical actors and not to the perspective or methods of the historian. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, in Columbus, OH, April 25-28, 2019.

The award is named in honor of George Rosen, physician, public health administrator, past-president of the AAHM, and a major contributor to the history of social medicine. The AAHM Council established the award in 2014 thanks to the generosity of the Susan Rosen Koslow.

The chair of the 2018-2019 Rosen Prize Committee, Graham Mooney, welcomes suggestions of articles, films or other significant scholarly endeavors to consider for the award that are not singly or jointly authored historical monographs (these will be eligible for the Rosen Prize next year). Publishers nominating an edited volume must send a copy to each member of the committee.

To nominate materials and to obtain mailing addresses of all committee members, contact Graham Mooney, Chair of the George Rosen Prize Committee, at

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2018.

Rosen Prize Committee, 2018-2019

Graham Mooney, Chair
Judy Chelnick
Julia Cummiskey
Elena Conis
David Herzberg


2018: Nükhet Varlik, Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600 (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

2017: Marcos Cueto and Steven Palmer, Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

2016: Erica Charters for her book, Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of the British Armed Forces during the Seven Years’ War (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

2015: Margaret Humphreys for her book, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)