Public Health: A Deeper Perspective

Working Science series recorded at Boston University School of Public Health, April, 2017.

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DPH, Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean of Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Galea discusses his new book Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundation of Population Health and his distinctive work in public health, which emphasizes complexity. He is especially renowned for his emphasis on the connections between social environment and population health: for example, common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, including the impact on public health of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Dr. Galea was named one of TIME magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for the Social Sciences. He is past-president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Epidemiological Society. Dr Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards for this research, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S Laufer Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress. Prior to his academic career in public health, Dr. Galea practiced emergency medicine in Canada and served in Somalia with Doctors Without Borders.
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