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12.10.2016 To 12.10.2016

IPH-Lecture: New directions in population health science: from risks to consequences

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Professor Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) starts a new lectures series in October 2016. Eminent experts in the field of Public Health and Population Health will be invited to come to Berlin to present and discuss current issues in the field. Prof. Sandro Galea from Boston University will open this series on October 12th, 2016.

A fundamental charge of epidemiology is to improve population health through the identification of and intervention on those 'risks' for disease that generate the greatest harm. Yet population health science as a discipline today faces substantial challenges to its relevance, suggesting that we need to take a hard look at how our discipline approaches inquiry. The dominant guiding paradigm informing the quantitative population health science approach has been the risk factor approach, and the experiment as the gold standard for estimating causal effects of individual exposures. Prof. Galea advocates for a shift in focus to one driven by the consequence of our measures and actions. He encourages discussion of the core values of a population health science, and articulates how reframing the research questions that we ask and the manner through which we answer them may inform the next generation of consequential population health science.

Professor Galea is primarily interested in the social production of health of urban populations, with a focus on the causes of brain disorders and substance abuse. Moreover, he focuses on developing innovative teaching modules and moving population health sciences from risk factor evaluations to consequences. He has published over 600 scientific journal articles, has been named one of TIME magazine's epidemiology innovators, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" for the Social Sciences. For further information:

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Professor Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health

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Institut of Public Health - Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin


12. 10. 2016
4:15pm - 7pm (lecture followed by get-together)


Charité Campus Mitte


We would be delighted to welcome you on October 12, 2016 for this exceptional lecture.

Due to limited space registration for this event is required. Please register by October 5th using the Registration form or send an email to iph-event(at)


Susanne Stöckemann (susanne.stoeckemann(at)

Tanja Wilson (

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