Epidemiology Counts: On Causes, Consequences, and Healthy Populations

Lecture // Cambridge

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Oct 16 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST


Lecture by Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Do more Americans die annually from heart attacks or because of low education? Do more die because of residential racial segregation or from lung cancer? Do more people globally die from malaria or from poverty?

These questions lie at the heart of how we understand the production of health in populations. Epidemiology has provided us the methods to count health and its causes, but at heart, it is a combination of values and knowledge that determine what we understand, and what we do about it. This presentation will discuss the role of counting in explaining health and how an epidemiology of consequence points the way to our engagement with causal architecture, values, and compassion.

For program information, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2017-sandro-galea-lecture.

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