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Global Health

Lecture Series

The Institute welcomes world-renowned global health leaders to USC to share their experience and to discuss the major issues of global health with faculty and students. Speakers are selected in collaboration with, and co-hosted by, schools throughout the university, reflecting USC’s multidisciplinary approach to global health. Each distinguished guest delivers a keynote lecture open to the entire Trojan Family and all lectures are recorded and posted on our website.

The Spring 2011 lecture series focused on the rapidly changing face of global health. It began in February with Kirk Smith, M.P.H., Ph.D., from the University of California at Berkeley, whose talk, “Combustion Particles and Global Health: Cooking, Smoking and Climate,” brought up the issue of climate change and how it is affecting disease. The acclaimed journalist Laurie Garrett followed with her talk, “Betrayal of Trust: Critical Issues in Global Healthcare,” which looked at the changes in global health financing as a result of the world financial crisis. David Fidler, J.D., professor of law at Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, closed the semester with “The Rise and Fall of Global Health as a Foreign Policy Issue,” which examined what must be done to ensure global health governance is developed, implemented, and maintained.

The Fall 2010 lecture series featured a broad range of speakers from around the world who examined different facets of health needs in low- and middle-income countries. Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., from the University of California at San Diego, kicked off the series with her talk, “Border Stories: Tackling HIV, TB and Sexually Transmitted Infections on the Mexico-US Border,” which focused on the ease of disease transmission and the political issues that facilitate the spread across national borders. Dr. Strathdee was followed by Rose Mapendo, a Congolese refugee, and filmmakers Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mendel, who told her story with their movie, Pushing the Elephant. The next speaker, Jacqueline Sherris, Ph.D.—vice president of global programs at PATH—focused on how emerging health technologies can improve women’s health in low-income countries. Finally, Srinath Reddy, M.D., D.M., president of the Public Health Foundation of India, closed out the semester with two talks that examined the growing threat of chronic disease in low- and middle-income countries and offered compelling insights into this unfortunate consequence of globalization.

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Watch past lectures and browse photos at globalhealth.usc.edu

Speakers: Srinath Reddy Jaqueline Sherris Steffanie Strathdee Rose Mapendo Laurie Garrett Kirk Smith David Fidler

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USC Institute for Global Health Annual Report 2010-2011  

The Institute for Global Health engages and supports the USC community in a wide range of global health activities through educational progr...

USC Institute for Global Health Annual Report 2010-2011  

The Institute for Global Health engages and supports the USC community in a wide range of global health activities through educational progr...

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