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Talks at Twelve: Genevive Meredith, Amelia Greiner Safi, Alexander Travis, Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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A New Paradigm for Public Health Training at Cornell
Genevieve Meredith, Amelia Safi, and Alexander Travis, Cornell University

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room


In the fall of 2017, Cornell launched for the first time a Master of Public Health Program, building on a rich tradition of public health research and teaching across its many Colleges and Schools. Locally and globally we are facing complex and urgent public health needs, due in part to accelerating environmental change and social divides. To prepare public health leaders of the future—leaders who ensure the health of current and future populations—student trainees must be equipped to understand and act upon the inextricable, dynamic links between human health and the environment’s health. The new Master of Public Health training program aligns with recently-transformed national accreditation criteria designed to maximize the public health impact of its graduates. Our program is founded on the planetary health paradigm, with guiding principles of sustainability, equity, engagement, and applied research and practice.

portrait of Genevieve MeredithGen Meredith (OTR, MPH) is associate director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program and a lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine. For the last 14 years, Gen has worked globally to help build capacity of the public health workforce, and to optimize public health systems to achieve improved health outcomes. Leveraging expertise gained from leading large international development projects in Africa and the Caribbean, and local and state public health programs in the U.S., Gen came to Cornell to help design and lead the MPH program, focusing specifically on engaged learning and applied practice for public health competence development. As an engaged scholar, Gen is also developing and facilitating community-centered courses, and co-leading community-based action research projects in the Southern Tier.

portrait of Amelia Greiner SafiDr. Amelia Greiner Safi is an applied social scientist with an interest in the intersection of public health, environmental/ecological health, policy and communication. She holds a joint appointment between the Department of Communication and the Master of Public Health Program.  She has often served as a bridge across disciplines and professions to find common interests in order to advance health and environmental outcomes. Recently, she has been involved with providing insight from the social and behavioral sciences to a convening of the Rockefeller/Lancet partnership to advance the field of Planetary Health. She is the Project Director for an NIH/FDA grant on vulnerable adults’ and youth reactions to graphic warning labels on tobacco products.

portrait of Alexander TravisAlexander J. Travis (VMD, PhD) is director of the MPH Program and a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Alex received his AB from Princeton University and his VMD and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He is associate dean of international programs and public health at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and is founding director of Cornell’s Master of Public Health program. In addition to his NIH-funded biomedical research laboratory that focuses on health diagnostics, Alex takes a broad, planetary health approach in his field research, driven by a passion to advance human health at the population level in ways that promote biodiversity conservation. Alex seeks to have impact by training students to design, implement, and test public health interventions that are equitable and sustainable for people and the planet.


Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Botanic Gardens lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except for groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Lori Biechele at lb274@cornell.edu letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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