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Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health

The Mailman School's Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health features interdisciplinary learning and conversation on key issues of our time to inspire innovative approaches to national and global public health challenges, and setting the stage for the future of public health.

2013-2014 Series
Taking Action to Address the U.S. Health Gap

Visionary speakers will focus on the declining U.S. health standing among peer nations, and the directions public health leadership must take to change this course.

These talks will build on two critical reports that have been published by the National Academy of Sciences in the last year and contribute to a school-wide agenda to lead in addressing this gap.

This series has been organized by Dean Linda P. Fried, Bruce Link, PhD, professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry), and Ronald Bayer, PhD, professor of Sociomedical Sciences.  


Upcoming Lectures

April 23, 2014

21st Annual Sewell Distinguished Lecture

When Our Environment Acts like Medicine...

Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS [BIO]
Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program

In the same way as medicines are delivered to produce effects in the endocrine system, environmental chemicals can be similarly delivered to produce unwanted endocrine effects, resulting in a staggering increase in several diseases. These effects on endocrine and other physiological systems can have significant population-level impacts and thus require public health approaches to disease control.

Attend the event in person and meet Dr. Birnbaum at the reception or watch it live.

April 30, 2014*

The Future Role of Public Health in Improving the U.S. Health Status and Resolving Inequality

School-wide discussion moderated by Dean Linda P. FriedRonald Bayer, and Bruce Link.




Alumni Auditorium, 650 W. 168th Street, New York City

*Note that the April 30th talk will take place in the 8th Floor auditorium of the Allan Rosenfield Building

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  Reception to follow
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