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Nov. 5 Public Health Talk Kicks Off Ebola Lecture Series

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The School of Health Sciences and Human Services’ Master of Public Health program will present a special lecture on Wed, Nov. 5, 2014 on Ebola, the rare and deadly infectious virus now making headlines worldwide.  The talk will be held at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, south campus, from 5:30-7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. 

The first in a three-part series, “Ebola 2014: The Intersection Between Health, Culture, and the Political Economy of an Epidemic” will be presented by Tefera Gezmu, PhD, an epidemiologist and assistant research professor in the Edward J. Boustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University.

“As we have seen play out on both the national and international scene, so much goes into controlling an epidemic, and the strategies are complicated,” said Corinne Kyriacou, PhD., director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.  “To best understand the challenges and opportunities of prevention and control, we must first understand the basic clinical and public health measures as well as the impact of health-system capacity, political and economic factors, and cultural norms.  Dr Gezmu will help us see the Ebola outbreak through a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary lens.”

Later this month, two more interdisciplinary panels will examine Ebola’s clinical and biological challenges (Nov. 12) as well as the evolution of health communication and hospital preparedness efforts (Nov. 19).  Both of those events, hosted by the MPH program and the Department of Biology, will be held at 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, during Common Hour (11:15 am-12:40 pm).

This year, the largest Ebola outbreak in history occurred in several West African countries.  Four cases have been confirmed in the United States since Sept. 30, 2014, and health officials are working to contain the spread of the disease as well as quell growing public concern.

For more information about the Ebola event series, contact Dr. Kyriacou at or Russell Burke, PhD, chair of the Department of Biology, at



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