COVID19 and the Future of Public Health


COVID-19 and the Future of Public Health (June 26)

How does the current pandemic compare with other public health crises like the polio outbreaks in the 1940s and 50s? This final seminar will provide an opportunity to collectively reflect on what we can do to extend the reach of the field and to improve population health and well-being.

Peter Salkpart-time professor in the department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, will share his thoughts about how the current epidemic connects to his father’s work at Pitt developing the first polio vaccine and to his later commitment to a sustainable human future. How will COVID-19 change the field of public health? 

Mehran S. Massoudi (EPI '92, '93), is the regional health administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI since October 2016. He is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and a distinguished alumnus who will discuss his public health practice experience and join Salk in reflecting on what we can do to extend the reach of the field and to improve population health and well-being. 

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Additional Q and A from the 6/26 seminar

Coming Soon!


Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from the seminar attendees. The goal of the COVID-19 seminar series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about the virus and the associated health impacts. 



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