Planetary Health Colloquium – October


The Departments of Environmental Health, Global Health and Population, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition warmly welcomed Professor Howard Frumkin as the first speaker of the Planetary Health Colloquium Series. Professor Alan Brandt from the History of Science Department at Harvard University was  the discussant. A recording of the event can be found Here.

Dr. Howard Frumkin

Dr. Frumkin is a physician and epidemiologist, is Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, and Senior Vice President of the Trust for Public Land, where he leads that organization’s strategic efforts to assemble evidence, and drive evidence into policy and practice, on its priority areas: health, equity, and climate action.  Previously he was head of the Our Planet, Our Health initiative at the Welcome Trust, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University.  His career has focused on health aspects of climate change, the built environment, energy policy, nature contact, and sustainability.  He is author or co-author of over 300 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his ten books include Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (2011), Environmental Health: From Global to Local (2016), Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves (2020), and Planetary Health: Safeguarding Human Health and the Environment in the Anthropocene (2021).  He was educated at Brown (A.B.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.D.), and Harvard (M.P.H. and Dr.P.H.).

Dr. Allan M. Brandt

Dr. Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brandt served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University.  His work focuses on social and ethical aspects of health, disease, medical practices, and global health in the twentieth century.  Dr. Brandt is the author of No Magic Bullet:  A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880 (1987); and co-editor of Morality and Health (1997).  His book on the social and cultural history of cigarette smoking in the U.S., The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America, was published by Basic Books in 2007 (paperback, 2009). He has written on the social history of epidemic disease; the history of public health and health policy; and the history of human experimentation among other topics.