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Public health expert Galea set for Discovery Lecture

Jan. 17, 2019, 10:28 AM


by Leigh MacMillan

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Galea’s lecture, “Health not health care: What we should talk about when we talk about health,” will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Galea, an epidemiologist and author, notes that the United States spends more per capita on health than any other country in the world, yet has worse health outcomes than any other high-income country. Life expectancy in the United States has declined each year for the past three years. Galea contends that our investment in health care rather than health is to blame, and he will discuss ways to change the focus.

Galea is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Epidemiological Society. He has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the Rema Lapouse Award from the American Public Health Association and the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

He has published more than 750 scientific articles, 50 chapters and 13 books, and he has a standing column in Fortune magazine. His latest book, “Well: What we need to talk about when we talk about health,” will be published this spring.

Galea’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Informatics. For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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