2012 Public Health Symposium

The 2012 University of Michigan School of Public Health Biennial All-school Symposium Capacity Building for Global Health: Responding to Challenges and Opportunities

The 2012 symposium was held on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Rackham Auditorium.

Symposium Overview

The University of Michigan School of Public Health hosts the biennial symposium focusing on a cross-cutting public health problem as part of the Breadth, Integration and Capstone element of the curriculum. The symposium provides an opportunity to examine a public health issue from the multiple disciplinary perspectives of our field.

This year’s symposium, Capacity Building for Global Health: Responding to Challenges and Opportunities, will examine essential transdisciplinary methods that address complex development challenges, explore the co-equal, transparent partnerships that build and support sustainability in local institutions, and consider effective, affordable, and scalable evidence-based solutions.

Dr. Roger Glass, director of the Fogarty International Center, will present the keynote address.  Other prominent speakers from many regions throughout the world, the U.S., and the state of Michigan will also be featured. A complete speaker list will be available online in early September.

About the Public Health Symposium

This biennial symposium is a unique aspect of the School of Public Health curriculum. The day is designed for exploration and dialogue, thinking broadly and intensely as a community about a public health issue. The symposium is open to a limited number of faculty and students from the wider university and to some key community representatives. UM SPH alumni are also invited to attend.

This immersion program will leave you with an enhanced understanding of the issues and a stronger appreciation for the work of your colleagues across SPH departments and elsewhere in global health. All SPH classes are suspended Monday October 8, enabling all students and faculty to attend the symposium. This all-day event is an important and required component of the SPH’s BIC curriculum (Breadth, Integration, and Capstone).


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