Date of Award

Summer 8-7-2018

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Gerardo Chowell-Puente

Second Advisor

Anu Laxmi


The influenza pandemic of 1918 was a tragic event that affected every part of the world and killed more people than compared to any other disease outbreak in history. During this epidemic, the United States was the most affected with a total of 675,000 American deaths with majority of them being around the ages of 20 to 40 years old in military training camps. By examining the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic, it will help us to better understand how the outbreak occurred particularly within the confined settings of military camps. The intended research will involve a systematic review of various literatures pertaining to the 1918 influenza pandemic and influenza outbreaks within the U.S. military camps. Examination of these literatures will provide a better understanding of how the virus spreads within the military population, how were the first cases identified, and how was the virus handled during that time. This historical reflection will also allow us to further evaluate current prevention strategies and what we can do to help improve these countermeasures for possible future outbreaks.