Course: Dean's Lecture Series: 2007-2008

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The Impact of Primary Care on Population Health

» Leiyu Shi, DrPh, MBA, Professor of Health Policy and Management

November 27, 2007 - This lecture summarizes Professor Leiyu Shi's recent work on primary care, the definition of primary care, and his research rationale and framework. It includes a close look at international primary care studies, US primary care studies, Metropolitan Statistical Area analyses, county-level studies, multi-level studies, meta-analyses, and US health center studies.

How Risky is Breathing? Statistical Methods in Air Pollution Risk Estimation

» Francesca Dominici, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics

December 18, 2007 - This lecture explores the statistical methods used for assessing the health effects of air pollution. Dr. Dominici uses examples from her own national-level research.

Sexual Health, HIV/STI, and Human Rights

» Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology

March 5, 2008 - Human rights abrogation or protection can affect the health of individuals, communities, and populations. Sexual rights violations are a subset of threats to human dignity. Forced, coerced, and higher risk sexual exposures are highly correlated with adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes - including STI and HIV. Responses that address human rights may improve STI prevention and control, and better human rights contexts for those at risk.

Evaluating Therapies in Observational Studies: HAART to Heart Lessons from HIV/AIDS

» Stephen J. Gange, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology

April 9, 2008 - This lecture addresses the evaluation challenges posed by observational studies, paying particular attention to the cardiovascular implications raised by recent HAART research.

Culture, Politics, and Community: Living Public Health in Nigeria

» Willaim Brieger, MPH, DrPH, Professor of International Health

April 30, 2008 - In this lecture, Professor Brieger discusses some the lessons learned during his 26-year experience working in Nigeria and his subsequent work with a wider variety of African nations, focusing on on tropical diseases and their associated social, cultural, and behavioral aspects.