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.


Past Dean’s Symposia

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 3–5:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Nursing and the Health of Populations
Featuring Maureen Bisognano, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Barbara Stillwell, Nursing Now. Cohosted with the Nursing Now campaign and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.–2:05 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Death and Dying: A Population Health Perspective
Featuring experts from around the world on how we talk about death—and how we can elevate our aspirations for living. Cohosted with Boston University College of Communication, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Humanities, Boston University School of Public Health Program for Global Health Storytelling, and the Pulitzer Center.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Urban Health: State of the Science
Featuring global experts in urban health research, practice, and policy across disciplines. Cohosted with Boston University Initiative on Cities and Yale Institute for Global Health.

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 8 a.m.—6 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Third Annual Population Health Science Research Workshop
Cohosted with Boston University Global Development Policy Center and Boston University School of Public Health Population Health Exchange. By invitation only.

Friday, October 12, 2018 — Saturday, October 13, 2018 | Various Times | CRC
Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis
Hosted by the Boston University Center for the Humanities and cohosted with Boston University School of Public Health.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Private-Sector Collaborations with Academic Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges
Featuring Amy Fairchild, School of Public Health, University of Texas A&M; and Yao Sodahlon, Mectizan Donation Program. Cohosted with Boston University Questrom School of Business.

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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, 2018 | 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, 2018 | 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, 2017 | 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, 2017 and Wednesday, October 20, 2017 | 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, 2017 | 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, 2017 | 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, 2017 | 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, 2017 | 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, 2016 | 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, 2016 | 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, 2016 | 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, 2016 | 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, 2016 | 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