Seminar Series

The EpiCH Seminar Series brings together leading public health practitioners and researchers who address our mission to improve the public’s health through state-of-the-art research, translation of research into practice, and innovative training.

Seminars are presented throughout the semester on Fridays from 10:00 – 11:00 AM CT.

  • Spring semester seminars will be delivered in-person in the WBOB. Please see EpiCH Events Page for further information.
  • EpiCH Seminar Series events will be available online the following Monday at EpiCH Youtube Playlist
  • If you would like to receive emails about upcoming seminars, please contact Katie Gunderson at

Spring 2024

Date Speaker/Affiliation Topic/Title
1/19/24 Greta Bauer, Professor and Director, Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health, University of Minnesota School of Medicine Bringing intersectionality into sex, gender and health research
1/26/24 Ted Loch-Temzelides, Ph.D., M.S., George & Cynthia Mitchell, Professor in Sustainable Development, Rice Scholar in Energy Studies, Baker Institute, Rice University The Economics of Pandemic Prevention and Control?
2/2/24 Andy Fenelon, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota Understanding the Social Determinants of Lead Exposure: the role of housing assistance programs
2/9/24 Lila Rutten, Chair, Division of Epidemiology, Professor of Health Services Research Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Bridging the Gap: Accelerating evidence into healthcare practice with learning system science, implementation science, and pragmatic research in HPV vaccination
2/16/24 Traci Toomey, Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota Moving Ideas to Policy Change: An overview of the state legislative process
3/1/24 Jim Pankow, Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota Results from a novel randomized trial designed to treat hearing loss in older adults: the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) Study Bringing Intersectionality into Sex, Gender and Health Research
3/15/24 Beth Theilen, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine Got Snot? We do!
3/22/24 Barry Kudrowitz, Professor, Product Design, Head of the Department of Graphic Design, Apparel Design, Retail Merchandising, and Product Design, University of Minnesota College of Design Radical innovation is scary (but good for us)

 Melinda Pettigrew, Dean of the School of Public Health, University of

Optimizing Clinical Trials to Equitably Address the Global Health Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

4/5/24 Kelly Searle, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota Climate change, severe storms, and malaria risk in
4/12/24 Gabriel Schwartz, Assistant Professor, Health Management & Policy, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health Housing & Health: Eviction, social policy, and health inequities
4/19/24 Dana Carroll, Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota Interventions to Reduce Commercial Tobacco-Related Health Disparities.
4/26/24 Danielle Gartner, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University Equity and the ACA’s impact on Indigenous birth givers
5/10/24 Kate Vickery, Principal Investigator, Co-Director Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Lab, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Homelessness and Unstable Housing and its Health Impacts: A Measurement Dilemma

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