Grand Rounds

| 2012 – 2013 |

September 26, 2012

The Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
omic Sustainability and Universal Coverage

The School of Public Health’s Grand Rounds Lecture Series kicked off this year with internationally acclaimed scholar Dr. Lawrence O. Gostin, who is the Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

Dr. Gostin talked about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act and the effort to make health care reform economically sustainable and to provide universal health coverage.

Click here to listen to Dr. Gostin’s lecture.


March 28, 2013

Public Health Practice in a Time of Transformation and Change: The National Perspective

Dr. Michael Fraser has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs since 2007. Before joining AMCHP, he was Senior Advisor and Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP’s members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. []

Click here to view photos from the event.

Listen to Dr. Fraser’s lecture with accompanying lecture slides:


April 4, 2013

Smallpox: Death of a Disease: An Historical Saga

Dr. D.A. Henderson, delivered the keynote lecture at the first annual Public Health Research at Maryland day.

Dr. Henderson is a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC and a Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Dean Emeritus and Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a Founding Director (1998) of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. From November 2001 through April 2003, he served as the Director of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and, later, as a Principal Science Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He is a renowned epidemiologist who headed the international effort to erradicate smallpox.

[bio adapted from the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC website]

Click here to watch the keynote address, “Smallpox: Death of a Disease.”

Click here to watch Dr. Henderson’s forum on bioterrorism.


April 30, 2013

Health Trends in the 21st Century: Trends and Predictions

Dr. Michael J. Klag, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is an internist and epidemiologist.  For eight years, he was Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and was the first Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he instituted new policies and procedures for oversight of human subject research.Dr. Klag is a world renowned kidney disease epidemiologist whose scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of kidney disease, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. He was one of the earliest investigators to apply epidemiologic methods to the study of kidney disease.  In doing so, he and his collaborators were able to first determine that the U.S. was in the midst of an epidemic of end-stage kidney disease, determine the incidence of kidney disease, and publish the risk of developing kidney disease associated with blood pressure, diabetes, race, socioeconomic status and other factors. These findings are considered landmark contributions to the field. He directs one of the longest-running longitudinal studies in existence, the Johns Hopkins Precursors Study, which began in 1946.  Results of that study demonstrated that serum cholesterol measured at age 22 predicts cardiovascular disease in midlife. This work had a profound impact on the policy related to cholesterol screening in young people.  His research has also shown that health behaviors and other factors lead to the development of hypertension, and that differences in risk of hypertension in urban and non-urban societies can be explained by differences in health behaviors.

[bio taken from the JH School of Public Health website]



| 2011 – 2012 |

October 24, 2011

Controlling the Cost of Health Care: Opportunities for Public Health, Public Health Grand Rounds lecture with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland DHMH

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Maryland, provided a vision for the transformation of health care in Maryland with his Public Health Grand Rounds meeting.

His presentation, entitled “Controlling the Cost of Health Care: Opportunities for Public Health Innovation,” took place on October 24th.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 

The Future of Public Health: Refusing to Be Invisible, a public health grand rounds lecture with Dr. Georges Benjamin

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, gave a talk entitled “The Future of Public Health: Refusing to be Invisible” as part of the school’s Public Health Grand Rounds lecture series.

Dr. Benjamin has been with the APHA since December 2002. He came to that post from his position as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became Secretary of Health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as its Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services. As Secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the states Medicaid program. Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, MD, is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.


March 2, 2012

Joan S. Hult Women’s History Month Lecture by Dr. Wanda Jones, U.S. Health and Human Services

The School of Public Health, the Department of Kinesiology and the University of Maryland ADVANCE program  hosted Dr. Wanda Jones, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for a special lecture on March 2, 2012.

Dr. Jones has long been recognized for her leadership in the federal and state public health communities. From February 1998 until December 2009, Dr. Jones was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women’s Health) and the Director of the Office on Women’s Health, also within ASH. In that capacity, Dr. Jones emphasized the elimination of health disparities, addressing HIV/AIDS, supporting women with disabilities and helping women have better access to healthcare services and programs.


April 3, 2012

The National Prevention Strategy and Healthy People 2020 

The third lecture in the Public Health Grand Rounds series was given by Rear Admiral Penelope Slade Sawyer from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She spoke about the objectives and implementation of Healthy People 2020, a science-based, 10-year national agenda for improving the health of all Americans.

This Public Health Grand Rounds lecture is sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, a partner in the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center, in collaboration with the Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Omega, the honorary society in public health.


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