Centennial Schedule


9:00am – 4:00pm      Registration
10:30am – 11:30am   Department Open Houses
11:30am – 1:00pm      Networking Lunch: Present Opportunities and
Future Innovations
1:00pm – 2:30pm       Student Poster Presentations
2:00pm – 3:00pm      Student Seminar: Building a Career in Public Health:
What Qualities and Skills Employers Seek, Joel Lamstein,
President, John Snow, Inc.
2:00pm – 4:00pm       Library and Information Retrieval Seminar
7:00pm – 9:30pm        Homecoming Reception at Rock ‘n’ Bowl


7:00am – 12:00pm     Registration
8:00am – 8:15am        Centennial Symposium Begins
8:15am – 8:30am        Opening Keynote: Regina Benjamin, MD, Surgeon General,
United  States of America (invited)
8:30am – 8:45am       The Global Perspective: Hon. John Nay, Former U.S.
Ambassador to Suriname (invited)
8:45am – 9:00am       Introductory Address: Harrison Spencer, President,
Association of Schools of Public Health (invited)
(Dr.  Spencer is a former dean of the Tulane School of
Public Health and Tropical Medicine.)
9:15am – 11:15am
       Concurrent Seminars

Seminar #1: Disasters Through the Lens of Science, Practice, and Community

  • Science: Bernard Goldstein, MD, Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh
  •  Practice: Jimmy Guidry, MD, State Health Officer, Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals (invited)
  • Community: Diem Nguyen, PharmD, Executive Director, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (invited)
  • Moderator: Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH Chair, Dept. of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane SPHTM

Seminar #2: Global Public Health: The Challenge of Chronic Diseases

  • Frank Hu, MD, PhD, Professor, Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard
    School of Public Health (invited)
  • Tim Byers, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice,
    Colorado School of Public Health (invited)
  • Jiang He, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Tulane SPHTM
  • Moderator: Prescott Deininger, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology,
    Tulane SPHTM

11:30am – 11:50am      State of the School Address: Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD,
MPH, Dean , Tulane SPHTM
11:50am – 12:30pm
      Keynote Address: “New challenges in global health,”
Peter Piot, MD, PhD, Director, London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
12:30pm – 1:30pm
        Lunch Reception
1:30pm – 3:30pm
         Concurrent Seminars:

Seminar #1: Infectious Disease Challenges in the 21st Century

  • James Hughes, MD, Professor, Medicine and Public Health, Emory University.
  •  Socrates Herrera, MD, PhD; Director, Malaria Vaccine and Drug Development Center
  • Antoinette Kitoto Tshefu, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean, University of Kinshasa School of Public Health (DRC) (SPHTM Alumna)
  • Moderator: Richard Oberhelman, MD, Chair, Dept. of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane SPHTM

Seminar #2: The Future of Healthcare Reform: Considering the
Implications of the Supreme Court Decision and the Presidential Election

  • Karen Desalvo, MD, MPH, Health Commissioner, City of New Orleans
    (invited) (SPHTM Alumna)
  • Charles N. Kahn, III, MPH, President and CEO, Federation of American
    Hospitals (invited) (SPHTM Alumnus.)
  • Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, President and CEO, Meharry Medical College
    (SPHTM Alumnus)
  • Moderator: Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH, MHA, Senior Vice President, St.
    Luke’s Episcopal Health System (SPHTM Alumna)

7:00pm Gala Awards Benefit at the Monteleone Hotel


About Tulane University SPHTM

Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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