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Sandro Galea      

Physician, Epidemiologist, Author & Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health

Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences.

He is past chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

Speech Topics

The Philosophy of Health

Love & Hate as Central to Health

Cities & Health

Health Disparities

Social Determinants of Health

Public Policy & Health

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Disasters & Health


Mental Health

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Mental Health is Public Health
Why we need to reconsider our approach to well-being.
The Case for a ‘Health New Deal’
In recent weeks, talk of a Green New Deal has moved to the center of our political debate. The Green New Deal aims to address climate change by tackling the underlying socioeconomic inequities that gave rise to the crisis. It calls for overhauling the country’s transportation system, providing universal healthcare, creating a federal jobs guarantee, investing in infrastructure, and other goals.
The Poor and Marginalized Will Be the Hardest Hit by Coronavirus
We need to rethink our public health strategies before the next outbreak—even if the conversations are uncomfortable.

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