The Center for the Study of Human Health offers a number of opportunities aimed to pique your interest and expand your knowledge with speakers and events focused on current health-related topics.  Join us for public lectures, films, and symposia. Please see here for other campus health-related events and contact for questions about these events.


CSHH Hosted Talks

Speakers Series

March 3, 2016: Dr. Isabella Danel, Deputy Director PAHO/WHO

Dr. Danel is the Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas.

Dr. Danel has held numerous positions in many fields of health and public health and is currently involved in the WHO response to the Zika epidemic. Prior to her work with the WHO, she held positions at the CDC, the World Bank, and as a medical physician. Her experience in maternal and child health, reproductive health, and epidemiology, as well as health issues in Central and South America, contributes to her role at PAHO in addressing the Zika virus.

She received her medical degree from the Albany Medical College in New York and her master’s in Community Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on maternal mortality and other public health subjects.

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: Candler School of Theology, Room 252




November 5, 2015: Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Founder & CEO of Seed Global Health

Dr. Kerry is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health and a critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. She envisions a solution to worldwide health inequities where US health professionals interested in global health serve as educators in these countries to build a pipeline of future in‐country health providers.  Her initiative, the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), supports this vision by creating a public‐private partnership between Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps and the countries where GHSP physicians and nurses serve as medical and nursing educators. Her work in global health has also included policy initiatives in Rwanda, as well as looking at novel ways that US foreign assistance can help fund health efforts to improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance country ownership. She graduated from Yale University and Harvard Medical School and earned her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

When: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Where: Candler School of Theology, Room 252



October 22, 2015: Carmen Villar, CDC Chief of Staff

Carmen provides strategic and analytical support for global health, infectious diseases, public health preparedness and  response, and non-communicable disease prevention.She has worked in both Nigeria and Zambia with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and related organizations to provide support services for people with HIV/AIDS. She has also provided expert advice for polio and tuberculosis. Prior to the CDC, Carmen worked in HIV/AIDS  policy. Carmen has had a distinguished career at the CDC. She started as a Presidential Management Fellow focusing on policy and program planning for HIV, STD, and TB prevention and has worked closely with state and local health departments to implement public health preparedness and HIV prevention programs. She holds a Masters in Social Welfare, with a concentration in health, and a Bachelors in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.

April 2, 2015: Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an award winning journalist who specializes in global health, public health, and food policy. Her talk, titled "Losing the Miracle? The FDA and the Long Fight Over Agricultural Antibiotics", is based on her newest book on the history of antibiotic development and agriculture. Maryn McKenna looks at how this history is related to our health and diets, land use and labor, and international trade and buisness. Her previous books include SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Free Press, 2011) and BEATING BACK THE DEVIL: On The Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (Free Press, 2008).

October 16, 2014: Dr. Thomas Bornemann

Dr. Thomas Bornemann is the current Director of the Mental Health Program at the Carter Center. He has worked in the mental health field as a clinician, researcher,  policy administrator, and academic with a specific focus on mental health in refugee and disaster areas. He will be speaking on his unusual career path.

What: Dr. Thomas Bornemann, "An Unintentional Career: Addressing the Knowledge Gaps in Pursuit of Solutions"
When: October 16, 2014, 4:15pm - 6pm
Where:Room 252, Candler School of Theology (1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322)



Other CSHH Events

Undergraduate/Graduate Research Mentor Program Final Presentations

This year, the student researchers in the Center for the Study of Human Health's Undergraduate/Graduate Mentor Program have been engaging in research on the topic of Health & Diversity. With the guidance of their graduate student mentors, who come from a range of departments across campus, these researchers developed research questions, completed background research, developed appropriate research methods, implemented these methods, and analyzed the results. The projects are:

1.Kaitlyn Lapen & Andrea Molino, “Parental Diversity and Antibiotic Knowledge”, Mentor: Allie Macdonald (Psychology)

2.Tyler Cooke & Elise Viox, “Mind-body therapy usage and Autism Spectrum Disorder”, Mentor: Amanda Mummert (Anthropology)

3.Eddye Golden, “The role of religion on obesity and lifestyle among college students”, Mentor: Ilana Raskind (RSPH)

4.Kristina Alton, “Developing a Survey to Assess Latino Immigrant Mental Health and Internet Usage”, Mentor: Katie Cartwright (Sociology)

For a fuller description of each project, see here.

Graduate Student Symposium

November 5, 2015

The first Center for the Study of Human Health Graduate Student Symposium, "The First Wealth is Health"— focused on domestic and international issues of diversity and health disparities. The symposium drew students and faculty from across campus & showcased talks by an interdisciplinary panel of graduate students:

Kate Cartwright, Department of Sociology
Katie Coakley, Nutrition & Health Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Science Division
Abidemi Fasnmi, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
George Gordon-Smith, Department of English

Health Screenings

The CSHH Film Series

Our films are organized by Graduate Partners in Human Health and are designed to bring interesting, health-focus films to campus. Films are followed by a discussion led by two or three experts. Please join us for these events and discussions. Films are co-sponsored by the Emory Center for Ethics.

April 16, 2015: When I Walk

Candler School of Theology room 252: 7 - 9 pm. In collaboration with the Center for Ethics and the Disability Studies Initiative, Health Screenings brings you this documentary about a filmmaker obatining and coping with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Anna Grimshaw (ILA) and physical therapist, Laura Zajac-Cox, PT, DPT, NCS. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

March 3, 2015: The Patience Stone

Center for Ethics, room 102: 7 - 9 pm

In collaboration with the Center for Ethics and the Disability Studies Initiative, Health Screenings brings you this 2012 film that explores issues of caregiving in a war torn country. Joel Reynolds (Philosophy) and Aubrey Graham (Anthropology) will serve as post-film respondents. Pizza and refreshments served!





January 22, 2015: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Brought to you in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and the Disability Studies Initiative. Mairead Sullivan (WGSS) and Justin Smith, MPH will serve as a post-film respondents.


November 17, 2014: "Calling the Shots"

Center for Ethics, room 102; 7 - 9pm

Pizza served and post-film discussion led by Drs. Saad B. Omer, Department of Global Health and Elena Conis, History.

October 1, 2014: "Food, Inc."