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College of Public Health

The College of Public Health is committed to assuring that a wide range of perspectives are available to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.  To this end, several lectures series have been implemented:

  • Since 2007, the College has hosted the  Leading Voices in Public Health  lecture series, a premier series of lectures that brings internationally respected thought leaders to the community to speak on issues of key importance to the publics welfare.  The topics are purposely diverse, reflecting the broad interests and impact of public health.  Several lectures each year are focused on specific topics:
    • The Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts Lecture is co-sponsored with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine;
    • The Justice, Health, and Humanities Lecture is co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy and the Humanities;
    • The Lamb Lecture is named in honor of John P. Lamb, Jr. the first Dean of the School of Health and the College of Public and Allied Health.  
  • The College periodically sponsors speakers as a part of its "Special Lecture" series--focusing on very timely topics, often related to evolving issues of significant public health importance.
  • The Breakfast with the Expert lecture series is a monthly professional development program designed to offer a career development and professional networking opportunity for students, with a focus on preparing them for a rapidly changing job market.
  • The College of Public Health Grand Rounds is a regular program that focuses on research advances in the college or among our colleagues It is designed to inform faculty and students and to facilitate research collaborations.


2019-2020 Lectures


Crystal Chissell

Crystal Chissell

VP of Operations and Engagement, PROJECT DRAWDOWN

"Climate Solutions as Health Solutions"

Date: October 22, 2019

Video Presentation




Christopher Reddy

Christopher Reddy, PhD

Senior Scientist, Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

"Communicating Science Outside the Ivory Tower: Oil Spills, Fishermen, and Who Knows What"

Date: September 19, 2019

Video Presentation




2018-2019 Lectures 

Daniel Garcia

Daniel Martinez Garcia, MD, MPH

Pediatric Medical Advisor, Telemedicine Coordinator
Doctors Without Borders
Founder of 

Date: March 25, 2019

Video Presentation



The 5 Browns

The 5Browns: Digging Through the Darkness
8th Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts

Date: February 4, 2019



Georges Benjamin

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, MACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, Hon FFPH
Executive Director, American Public Health Association

“Creating the Healthiest Nation: Building Healthy & Resilient Communities” 

Date: October 30, 2018

Video Presentation

Beth Macy

Beth Macy
Author, DOPESICK:  Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America

Lecture and Book Signing

Date: September 18, 2018

Video Presentation


2017-2018 Lectures

Judith Groner

Judith Groner, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Program Director of the Academic General Pediatrics Program
Nationwide Children's Hospital

 E-Cigarettes and Other Newer Nicotine Delivery Products: What We Know Now
Date: April 17, 2018
Video Presentation

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius B. Richmond Center Visiting Lectureship-The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence Visiting Lectureship program is funded by the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute.

Regina Holliday

Regina Holliday
Activist and Artist
The Walking Gallery
7th Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts

 The Walking Gallery
Date: February 15, 2018

Dr. Shapiro

Thomas Shapiro, PhD
Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy
Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University
The Justice, Health, and Humanities Lecture

 Toxic: Economic Inequality Meets Racial Injustice
Date: October 10, 2017
Video Presentation

Drs. Blackley, Crum, and Laney

David Blackley, DrPH 
Epidemiologist, NIOSH-CDC

James Crum, DO
Radiologist, Private Practice

Scott Laney, PhD
Epidemiologist, NIOSH-CDC

 Resurgence of Black Lung Diseases in Appalachian Coal Miners
Date: September 26, 2017
Video Presentation

2016-2017 Lectures

Robert Califf

Robert Califf, MD
Former Commissioner 
US Food and Drug Administration
31st Lamb Lecture

 Improving Health in Rural Southeast: A Worthy Challenge
Date: April 6, 2017
Video Presentation 

Michael Milligan

Michael Milligan

The Sixth Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts
Title:Mercy Killers with Michael Milligan
Date: February 21, 2017
Press Release

Commissioner Purkey

David Purkey, MPH
Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security
Tennessee Department of Health

Behind the Scenes with the Governor: The 2015 Chattanooga Terrorist Attack
Date: January 31, 2017
Video Presentation | Photos

Allen Dyer

Allen Dyer, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
George Washington University School of Medicine

It's Not Over When It's Over: The Health Impact of War and Political Conflict
Date: November 10, 2016
Video Presentation

Elynn Walter

Elynn Walter, MPH
International Advocacy Expert
Lead, US Partnerships, IRD

Everyone in the World Has a Right to Water But How Do We Reach Everyone?
Date: October 6, 2016
Video Presentation


2015-2016 Lectures

Dr. Norman Daniels

Norman Daniels, Ph.D.
Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health
Harvard School of Public Health 

Is There a Global Right to Health with Better Global Governance?
Date: March 17, 2016
Video Presentation

Drew Lynch

Drew Lynch
Runner-Up, Season 10, America's Got Talent

The 5th Evening of Health, Wellness and the Arts
Date: February 16, 2016
Press Release

Dr. Michael McGinnis

Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP
Senior Scholar and Executive Officer
National Academy of Medicine

A Conversation on Measuring What Matters Most
Date: February 4, 2016
Video Presentation

Dr. Tom Farley

Tom Farley, MD, MPH
CEO, The Public Good Projects
Former Commissioner of Health of Health for New York City

Public Health in Mega-Cities: Lessons from New York City
Date: November 10, 2015
Video Presentation 

Dr. Randy Hyer

Randall Hyer, MD, PhD, MPH
Senior Fellow for Environmental HealthSafety
Deputy Director and Co-Founder, Center for Risk Communication

Breaking Bad News: Disaster Communication and the Social Net
Date: October 27, 2015


 2014-2015 Lectures

Robin Spielberg

Robin Spielberg 
Pianist, Composer, and Recording Artist
4th Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts

The Transformative Power of Music: The Medical Benefits of Music
An Enchanting Evening of Piano and Tales from the Bench with Robin Spielberg
Date: March 5, 2015
Press Release | Video Presentation

Madison PowersMadison Powers, D.Phil., JD, M.A.
Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Professor, Philosophy Department, Georgetown University 
The Justice, Health and Humanities Lecture

Feeding the World in 2050: Food, Fairness, and Global Markets
Date: February 12, 2015
Video Presentation

 Jim O'Hara, M.A.
Jim O'Hara, M.A.
Director of Health Promotion Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Title: Federalism in Nutrition Policy: Making State and National Policies Work Together
Date: October 23, 2014
Video Presentation

 Jonathan Wolff, MPhil
Jonathan Wolff, MPhil
Dean of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, University College London
The Justice, Health, and the Humanities Lecture

Title: What's Wrong with Health Inequality and What Can Be Done About It?
Date: March 27, 2014
Video Presentation 

 John Hoffman
John Hoffman

Founder and CEO of The Public Good Projects
3rd Evening of Health, Wellness and the Arts

 Complex Emotions/Complex Science: 25 Years of Lessons from Communicating AIDS, Addiction, Alzheimer's and Obesity to the American People
Date: October 24, 2013
Video Presentation

2012 - 2013 Lectures

Dr. John Dreyzehner

Commissioner John Dreyzehner
Tennessee Department of Health

Title:  View from the Epicenter of an Evolving Public Health Crisis:  Lessons Learned from the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Date:  April 25, 2013
Video Presentation 


Dr. Reed Tuckson
Dr. Reed V. Tuckson
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections; Former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group
30th Lamb Lecture

Title:  The Imperative for the Integration of Population Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Clinical Care Delivery
Date: April 11, 2013
Video Presentation 

Dr. Roberta Ness

Dr. Roberta B. Ness
Dean, School of Public Health, M. David Low Chair in Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health

Title: Reimagining Innovation:  Caution's Erosion of the Modern Research University
Date:  March 28, 2013
Video Presentation


 Dr. Robert Lawerence

Dr. Robert S. Lawrence
Founding Director, The Center for a Livable Future; Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Title:  Rethinking Water: The High Meat American Diet is Draining Our Aquifers
Date:  February 21, 2013
Video Presentation

 Dr. Ian Lapp
Dr. Ian Lapp

Associate Dean for Strategic Educational Initiatives, Harvard School of Public Health

Title: Disruptive Innovation in Public Health Education: Should We Be Spooked by MOOCs?
Date: November 8, 2012
Video Presentation

2011 - 2012 Lectures

Rethinking Food
Panel of Experts on Food

Title: Rethinking Food
Date: April 5, 2012
Video Presentation

Commissioners' Roundtable
Current and Former Tennessee Commissioner(s) of Health

TitleCommissioners' Roundtable
Date: March 8, 2012
Video Presentation

Dr. Julio FrenkJulio Frenk
Dean, Harvard School of Public Health

Title: Health Professionals for the 21st Century: Transforming Education for an Interdependent World
Date:February 7, 2012
Video Presentation

Kevin SpencerKevin Spencer
Founder, Healing of Magic

Title: 2nd Annual Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts
Date: January 26, 2012
Part 1 - Freeman Owle, Cherokee Elder, Historian, and Storyteller
Part 2 - Kevin Spencer and the "Healing of Magic"

Stan Brock
Stan Brock

Founder, Remote Area Medical
29th Lamb Lecture

Title: Wapishana to Wise: Lessons Learned from 500,000 Patients, 28th Lamb Lecture - 2011
Date: November 17, 2011
Video Presentation 

Paul Brooks
Paul Brooks

Executive Director, Project HOPE United Kingdom

Title: The End of Disempowerment and Dependency: Rethinking the Path for AIDS Orphans in Africa.
Date:October 6, 2011
Video Presentation 

 2010 - 2011 Lectures

Dr. Greg Diette
Greg Diette, M.D., MHS

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Pfizer Visiting Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 

Title: The Mouse, the House, and the Hamburger: Making Sense of the Asthma Epidemic
Date: March 3, 2011
Video Link

Eric GoosbyAmbassador Eric Goosby
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator,
U.S. Department of State 

Title: A Global Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS
Date: February 17, 2011
Video Link

 ETSU Storytelling ProgramAn Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts 

Part 1: Dispatches from the Other Kingdom: The Cancer Journey
An Oral History Theatre Piece Conceived and Directed by Dr. Joseph Sobol with members of ETSU storytelling program

 David Nathan Schwarz  

  Part 2:
 My Brain Tumor: A Mind Expanding Comedy
  Written and Performed by California-based actor David Nathan Schwartz
  Date: January 27, 2011



 Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Carlos Castillo-Chavez Ph.D.
Regents Professor
Arizona State University

Title: Public Health Policy and National Security: Life in the times of Emergent and Re-Emergent Diseases
Date: November 16, 2010
Video Link 

Scott Wallace
Scott Wallace, J.D., MBA

Visiting Professor, Darden School of Business
University of Virginia 

Title: Improving Value in Health Care: Capabilities, Chronic Health, and Health Strategy
Date: October 5, 2010
Video Link

2009 - 2010 Lectures

Big Kenny Alphin
William Kenneth Big Kenny Alphin

Social activist, philanthropist, and part of the Grammy-nominated Country duo Big & Rich. 

Title:Personal Responsibility and Social Action: Sudan, Haiti and Appalachia
Date: March 18, 2010
Video Link


Wanda Jones
Wanda K. Jones, DrPH
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Womens Health) and Director of the HHS Office on Womens Health 

Title: A Gendered Approach to Health: The Separate but Intermingled Challenges of Men and Women.
Date: February 4, 2010
Video Link

Dr. Linda Distlerath
Linda M. Distlerath, PhD, JD
Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide Global Executive Director,
The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation Former Vice President of Global Health Policy, Merck & Co., Inc 

Title: The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation: A New Look at HIV Prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.
Date: November 30, 2009
Video Link

David Rutstein
Rear Admiral David Rutstein, MD

Assistant U. S. Surgeon General,
Director of the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, 

Title:Hurricanes, Hot Zones, and H1N1: Are We Prepared for Them All?
Date: October 6, 2009
Video Link 

2008 - 2009 Lectures

Dr. David KesslerDavid A. Kessler, MD, J.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics  - University of California, San Francisco
Former Dean, School of Medicine, and Vice Chancellor of Medical Affairs, UCSF
Former Dean, Yale School of Medicine
Former Commissioner United States Food and Drug Administration

Title: The End of Overeating: Controlling America's Insatiable Appetite
Date:April 16, 2009
  Part 1
  Part 2

The Honorable Al GoreThe Honorable Al Gore, Jr
45th Vice President of the United States
2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Chairman, Generation Investment Management
Chairman, Current TV
Author An Inconvenient Truth and Earth in the Balance 

28th Lamb Lecture

Title: Health Threats and the Climate Crisis

Date:March 26, 2009

Nicole LurieNicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Director of the RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities 

Title: Disparities and Health: What is the Problem and What Can We Do?
Date:March 5, 2009
Video Link

Michael FriedmanMichael A Friedman, MD
President and CEO, City of Hope

Title: Thinking About the Unthinkable: Planning for a Nuclear Event.
Date: February 19, 2009
Video Link

Dr. David WilliamsDr. David R. Williams
Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Commission to Build a Healthier America

Title: A Special Lecture and Community Meeting, "Building a Healthier America"
Date:January 20, 2009

                        Video Links: Part One | Part Two

Dr. James CurranJames W. Curran, MD, M.P.H
Dean and Professor of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health - Emory University

Title: Lessons from the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic
Date:December 4, 2008

Dr. Gail WilenskyGail Wilensky, PH.D.
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE
Commissioner, World Health Organization on the Social Determination of Health

Title: What the Election Will Mean for Healthcare Reform
Date:November 20, 2008   

 2007 - 2008 Lectures

Dr. David SatcherThe Honorable David Satcher, MD, Ph.D.
The 16th Surgeon General
27th Lamb Lecture

Title: Major Challenges Facing the Health System in the United States - A Surgeon General's Perspective
Date:April 10, 2008
                        Video Link

Dr. William MartinWilliam J. Martin II, MD
Associate Director of Translational Biomedicine - National Institute of Health

Title:The Impact of Indoor Air on Human Health in the Developing World
Date:February 20, 2008
Video Link


Dr. Harrison SpencerHarrison Spencer, MD, M.P.H., DTM&H
President & CEO of the Association of School of Public Health 

Title: Schools of Public Health: A Growth Industry with New Paradigms
Date:January 24, 2008
Video Link
                       Student Interview

Dr. Linda DistlerathLinda Distlerath, Ph.D., J.D.
Senior Vice President APCO Worldwide
Former Vice President for Global Health Policy, Merck & Co., Inc

Title: In Recognition of World AIDS Day
Date: December 4, 2007

Susan CooperSusan R. Cooper, M.S.N., R.N.
Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health

Title: A View From The Commissioner's Chair
Date: November 15, 2007

Video Link
Student Interview

Dr. William FristThe Honorable William H. Frist, MD
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
26th Lamb Lecture

Title: Health Diplomacy: Using Medicine as a Currency for Peace
Date: October 18, 2007

Video Link
Student Interview

Dr. Nathan StinsonNathan Stinson, Ph.D., MD, M.P.H.
President, Center for Multicultural Health
Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy and Clear Health Communication. 

Title - Health Literacy: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You
Date September 20, 2007

                      Lecture Video
                      Student Interview 

 2006 - 2007 Lectures

Dr. Richard CarmonaRichard H. Carmona, MD, M.P.H., FACS
17th Surgeon General of The United States
East Tennessee State University 
Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture
Title - Prevention, Plagues, Preparedness and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General
Time & Location March 19, 2007

                       Video Link

Dr. Renslow ShererRenslow Sherer, MD
Director, HIV/TB.STI Project HOPE
Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture
Title - An Overview of Global AIDS Pandemic: Effective Interventions in China and Sub-Saharan Africa
Time & Location February 15, 2007


Special Lectures

2017-2018 Lectures

James Willis
James Willis, PhD, MPA, BA
Peace Corps Volunteer

Special Lecture
Title: A Personally Relevant Description of Peace Corps Service
Date: September 20, 2017

Video Presentation 

2016-2017 Lectures

Michael Meit
Michael Meit, MA, MPH
Program Area Director, Public Health Research Department
Co-Director, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
NORC at the University of Chicago

Special Lecture
Title: Leveraging Community Assets to Improve Rural Health and Equity
Date: April 13, 2017

Video Presentation

Meredith Potts

Meredith Potts
Executive Director and Founder
FIRE - Flagstaff International Relief Effort

Special Lecture
Title: Mongolia, Hepatitis, and FIRE - Flagstaff International Relief Effort
Date: February 28, 2017
Video Presentation

Michael GillenwaterMichael Gillenwater, MSEH
Branch Chief-Training Branch, Resource Management and Business Administration (RMBA)
Grants Program Directorate (GPD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security

Special Lecture
Title: A Career in Environmental/Public Health and Homeland Security:
From Johnson City, TN to Barrow AK to the White House and Capitol Hill

Date: February 9, 2017
Video Presentation

2015-2016 Lectures

Bob Morrow
Bob Morrow, MD, MPH, FACPM
Associate Professor (Adjunct) Pediatrics, Global Health Track Mentor
International Medicine Programs, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Special Lecture
Title: Challenges of Health in Bhutan: Stomach Cancer in a Culturally Unique, High Incidence Region
Date: April 21, 2016
Video Presentation

David Blackley

David Blackley, DrPH
Research Epidemiologist, Surveillance Branch, Respiratory Health Division,
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Special Lecture
Title: Ebola in Liberia: Responding to an Evolving Epidemic
Date: April 4, 2016

Jay Mehta

Jay Mehta, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Medicine Fellowship Director
Quillen College of Medicine

Special Lecture
Title: TB: Lessons from Epidemiological Change
Date: March 1, 2016
Video Presentation 

Melanie Boeckmann

Melanie Boeckmann, DrPH
University of Bremen, Artec Sustainability Research Center,
Research Fellow, Gender and Climate Change

Special Lecture
Title: Exploring the health context: evidence, ethics, and social aspects of climate change adaptation
Date: November 16, 2015

2014-2015 Lectures

Sarah Woodard

Sarah Junkin Woodard
Jubilee House Community Founder
Center for Development in Central America

Special Lecture
Title: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Working to Reduce Poverty in Nicaragua
Date: April 6, 2015


David Kirschke


David Kirschke, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department
Special Lecture
Title: Ebola: Implications for Public Health
Date: November 20, 2014
Video Presentation 



 Ed Kelly

Edward J. Kelly, JD
University Counsel, East Tennessee State University
Special Lecture
Title: Quarantine Law and the Ebola Crisis
Date: November 17, 2014
Video Presentation


 2013-2014 Lectures

Dr. Jenny Dyer

Jenny Dyer, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Hope through Healing Hands
Special Lecture
Title: Saving Mother and Child: Why Planning Families is Critical in Developing Nations
Date: April 15, 2014
Video Presentation


Dr. Kyle Colvett
Kyle Colvett, M.D.
Medical Director for Oncology Services, Mountain States Health Alliance
Special Lecture
Title: Radiation Emergencies: Implications for Public Health
Date: November 21, 2013

Presentation Slides (PDF)


Captain John SandersCaptain John Sanders
Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Research Center
Special Lecture
Title: Bioterrorism: Implications for Public Health
Date: October 31, 2013
Presentation slides available upon request.
The Current Status of the Epidemiologic Transition
(Lecture at the Quillen College of Medicine)

Dr. Steven Booth-Butterfield
Dr. Steven Booth-Butterfield
President, Healthy Influence, LLC
Special Lecture
Title:  Persuasion Opportunity for Public Health or Getting Your Way with Words
Date: April 12, 2013


 Dr. Konglai Zhang
Dr. Konglai Zhang
Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Peking Union Medical College
Former President - Global Chinese AIDS Network
Special Lecture
Title:  Update on AIDS in China
Date: March 19, 2013
Presentation Slides (PDF)


Selected Lectures by the Dean

Randy Wykoff


Randy Wykoff, MD, M.P.H. & TM
College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University 


Title: Your World and Your Role in it" for the Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New County Health Officials
Date: August 5, 2010
Video Link

TitleThe Greatest Challenge in Global Health
Date: November 13, 2006
Video Link

Title: Leading Change in Health: Lessons from America’s “Poorest State"
Date: September 14, 2016
Event: IDEAcademy 
Video Link

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