2014 Public Health Symposium

Confronting the Challenge of Chronic Disease: A Symposium Honoring the Legacy of Noreen M. Clark

The 2014 Symposium was held Monday, October 6, 2014 | Rackham Auditorium and Michigan League

Why a public health symposium?

The biennial SPH symposium provides an opportunity for the School of Public health community to examine an important public health issue from the multiple disciplinary perspectives of our field. In 2014, the focus was on chronic disease, a certainty shared directly or indirectly by everyone on the planet.

  • Fact 1: More than one half of world's population lives with at least one chronic condition.
  • Fact 2: Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

Noreen ClarkThe burden and costs of chronic illness are staggering. Noreen M. Clark, Ph.D., was the Myron E. Wegman Distinguished University Professor of Public Health, founding director of the U-M Center for Managing Chronic Disease, and former Dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

One of the world's leading experts in the management of chronic disease, Clark conducted numerous large-scale studies with the goal of building capacity within individuals, families, and communities for effective chronic disease prevention and management.

The 2014 symposium honored the work of Dr. Clark by examining the challenges of chronic disease and its management. The bi-annual symposium is part of the school's required curriculum for students. We encourage all members of the SPH community and the public to take advantage of our symposium's opportunities to learn more about the challenges we face regarding chronic disease and its management across the globe. Video of the event is available on this website.

As public health professionals, we must continue to educate ourselves to make real progress in improving the health and well-being of our communities around the world. This symposium was another step forward in that endeavor.

Learn more about Noreen Clark.

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 for the Symposium, 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).