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Webinar: COVID-19: Public Health Policy, Interventions and Populations

  • 23 Apr 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Virtual Event via Zoom


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As of April 5, 2020, there were more than an estimated 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 globally and over 70,000 deaths. This highly contagious virus has spread across the globe with unprecedented and astonishing speed.

We are pleased to bring to you two guests, epidemiologists Mary Haan, MPH, DrPH (UCSF, Professor of Epidemiology) and George Kaplan, Ph.D (Univ. of Michigan, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology), who can speak on these very relevant topics at a critical time.

Professor Haan will address the importance of accurate and reliable global population data on COVID-19, for practice and for public policy. For instance, what policies are needed going forward to better prevent and control future pandemics? Where can we find models that work?

Professor Kaplan will start with Thomas Kuhn’s remark that, "the answers you get depend on the questions you ask,” and will ask if that applies to the COVID-19 pandemic. How does viewing the pandemic with lenses that range from the biological to the societal help us in thinking about the causes, treatment, and consequences of this virus, the pandemic’s footprint into the future, and its impact on different groups, communities, and places?


Featured Speakers:

Mary Haan, Ph.D, is Professor of Epidemiology at the UCSF School of Medicine. She trained at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health and received her MPH and DrPH in health policy and epidemiology in 1974 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Haan served as President of the international Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). She has focused on the epidemiology of late life chronic diseases in vulnerable older populations, and deems the challenges of the COVID-19 virus as key in population-based research for policy and intervention.

George Kaplan, Ph.D, is the Thomas Francis Collegiate Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. He was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology from 1996-2003. He received his BA from The Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and his PhD from Cornell in 1968. A major theme in his work is on the links between "social divides" and "health divides."

How to join: The zoom link will be emailed to registrants in the confirmation email.

Please contact Jennie Huo, '07 with questions.

Event proceeds go towards overhead costs and funding two Cornell endowed scholarships--the Ira B. Degenhardt Tradition Fellowship and the Peter E. Lee Tradition Fellowship. Learn more about the scholarships here. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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