Public Health Forum: What Matters Most in Public Health. Reflections on Priority Setting at the Intersection of the Social and Natural Sciences
- 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
- 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
- Keefer Auditorium
- Contact Name:
- Justine de Marrais
- Contact Email:
SPEAKER: Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Public Health. Population health science, over the past several decades, has increasingly been concerned with the estimation of precise causal effects of exposures on an outcome, at the expense of engagement with the broader causal architecture that produces population health. In order to conduct public health scholarship of consequence, a systematic effort is needed to engage our science in a critical reflection both about how well and under what conditions or assumptions we can assess causal effects, and also on what will truly matter most for changing population health. Such an approach changes the priorities and values of the discipline, and requires reorientation of how we structure the questions we ask and the methods we use, as well as how we teach public health to our emerging scholars.