Dean’s Symposia

The quarterly Dean’s Symposium attracts our school community and global thought leaders to stimulate and encourage agenda-setting discussions that can inform and inflect the academic and public conversation.


Upcoming Dean’s Symposia

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Hiebert LoungeMKT IMAGE Symposium
Private Sector Collaborations with Academic Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges

Featuring presentations from leaders in public health and the private sector.

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 8 a.m.—6 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Third Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop
Designed to bring together scholars from economics, epidemiology, demography, and related disciplines to present papers on topics related to population health. Co-sponsored with the Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center and BUSPH Population Health Exchange (PHX). By invitation only.

Past Dean’s Symposia

MKT IMAGE Symposium-050818-trump-and-helath-150x150Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
The Trump Administration and the Health of the Public
Featuring presentations from leaders in public health, media, and politics. Cosponsored with Lancet Commission on Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era.

Friday, April 20 | 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media can Advance Climate Solutions
Featuring Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, US EPA; David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto; Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center; and more.

Wednesday, March 28 | 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Teaching Public Health
Featuring presentations from public health leaders, educators, and the wider public health community

Wednesday, November 29 | 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Understanding Commercial Sex Policy: A Global and US Perspective
Featuring Barbara G. Brents, Professor, Sociology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Saniye Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General, UNESCO; Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google; and more.

Thursday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 20 | noon—6 p.m. and 8 a.m.—3 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Second Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop
Designed to bring together scholars from economics, epidemiology, demography, and related disciplines to present papers on topics related to population health. Co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS). By invitation only.
Tuesday, September 12 | 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Community Health Sciences: Defining the Field
Featuring Robert M. Kaplan, Former Chief Science Officer, US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; Research Director, Clinical Excellence Research Center, Stanford School of Medicine and Nina Wallerstein, Director, Center for Participatory Research, and Professor of Public Health, College of Population Health, University of New Mexico.
Wednesday, April 5 | 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Building Healthy Cities: Boston and Beyond
Karen DeSalvo, Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; James S. Marks, Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures & healthymagination. Co-sponsored with GE healthymagination.
Thursday, March 23 | 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Trustees Lounge (CRC)
Cities & Kids: Enabling Optimal Development for Urban Youth
Patrick McCarthy, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia; and more. Co-sponsored by the Boston University Initiative on Cities.
Wednesday, February 1 | 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Reducing Health Inequities: Advancing Meaningful Change
Laura Lein, University of Michigan; Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, National Institutes of Health; and more
STDsymposium4-where-you-liveThursday, December 1 | 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
How Does Where You Live Affect Your Health?
Carlos Dora, World Health Organization; Ron Sims, Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development; and more
Firearm-Program-coverthumb1Monday, November 14 | 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Public Health and the Firearm Epidemic
Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker, Massachusetts House of Representatives; Maura Healy, Attorney General, Massachusetts; and more
STDsymposium3-pharmaceuticalsThursday, September 15 | 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
The Role of Pharmaceuticals in Public Health
Olusoji O. Adeyi, World Bank Group; Stefan J. Oschmann, Merck KGaA; and more
STDsymposium2-human-rightsWednesday, April 6 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
(Public) Health and Human Rights
Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture, United Nations; Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health,United Nations; and more
STDsymposium1-social-injusticeWednesday, February 3 | 8:15 a.m.–2:35 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Beyond Ferguson: Social Injustice and the Health of the Public
Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and more