Dr. David Peters

Chair of the Department of International Health at the John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S)–Amphitheater 7 630 W. 168th Street (seventh floor)  

Title: Why Global Health Needs Complexity Science

Dr. David Peters is professor and chair of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  His research is based in low and middle-income countries and addresses issues concerning the performance of health systems.  In this presentation, Dr. Peters will argue for a more prominent place for complexity science in global health.  He will discuss the limitations of the current focus on evidence-based medicine as the dominant research paradigm in global health, and contrast that with the potential for approaches that better recognize complexity.  He will discuss unintended consequences of health interventions, as well as the role for new models to address complex issues related to improving implementation of health interventions and scaling up and sustaining health policies and programs.  

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Lunch will be served at 11am.  The formal presentation will begin at 11:30am and will be followed by a Q&A period.