Lectures

Epidemiology Counts: On Causes, Consequences, and Healthy Populations

Epidemics Science Lecture Series

Lecture by Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health


Do more Americans die from heart attacks or because of low education annually?

Do more die because of residential racial segregation or from lung cancer?

Do more people globally die from malaria or from poverty?  

These questions lie at the heart of how we understand the production of health in populations. Epidemiology has provided us the methods to count health and its causes, but at heart, it is a combination of values and knowledge that determine what we understand, and what we do about it. This presentation will discuss the role of counting in explaining health and how an epidemiology of consequence points the way to our engagement with causal architecture, values, and compassion.

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.; lecture begins at 5 p.m.


Part of the 2017–2018 Epidemics Science Lecture Series. A larger, one-day public symposium on the topic was held on Friday, October 27, 2017.