2006 Public Health Symposium

Katrina, Catastrophes, and Communicable Disease Calamities: Are We Prepared?

The 2006 symposium was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at Rackham Auditorium.

This year's all-school symposium, "Katrina, Catastrophes, and Communicable Disease Calamities: Are We Prepared?" will focus on the public health implications of natural and human-made disasters. Five internationally recognized speakers from the academic and practice fields will illuminate the role of public health in the various aspects of disasters including: disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.

The SPH symposium is a unique aspect of the SPH curriculum. For a full day, the SPH community – faculty, students and staff – focuses on a cross-cutting public health issue. The day is designed for exploration and dialogue, thinking broadly and intensely about public health disasters, how we can and should prepare.

This one-day immersion program will leave you with a better understanding of the issues and a stronger appreciation for the work of your colleagues across departments. This all-day event is an important and required component of the school's BIC curriculum (Breadth, Integration, and Capstone).

Regular classes are suspended October 4, enabling all students and faculty to attend the symposium. Lunch is provided to all symposium attendees.