Grand Rounds Series

The 2023-2024 Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health speaker series will center around the theme, A Healthy and Just World: What would it take? This idea builds upon the framework of public health as a foundational public good for society and takes it to the next level of what investments, structures, communications and more are needed to realize public health’s true potential to foster a healthy and just world. The series will engage our community on topics of health equity, public health communications, climate change, healthy aging, mental health, global health and community health.
Grand Rounds was initiated in 2008 at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health to create an intellectual space within which to explore national and global public health challenges and the innovative approaches needed to transform the public’s health in the 21st century. 

We value inclusion and access for all participants and are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodation to attend this event, please contact no later than 10 days prior to event date. We will work with our colleagues at Disability Services to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

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2023-2024 Events 

What Would It Take To Create a Sustainable Food System and End Food Insecurity?

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

11:40 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Allan Rosenfeld Building, 722 W 168th Street, 8th Fl Auditorium

  • Ertharin Cousin 
    Founder and CEO Food Systems for the Future
    Former US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, and
    Former Executive Director, World Food Programme
  • Jessica Fanzo, PhD
    Professor of Climate and Director of the Food for Humanity Initiative, Columbia Climate School and
    Interim Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
  • Lewis Ziska, PhD (moderator)
    Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Previous Events

A Healthy and Just World: What would it take?

​A Healthy and Just World: What Would It Take?

​Wednesday, August 30, 2023​

Featuring Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Faculty: 

​What Would It Take To Effectively Communicate About Public Health?

A Healthy and Just World: What would it take to effectively communicate about Public Health?

Thursday, September 28, 2023​


  • Jelani Cobb, PhD
    Dean, Columbia Journalism School (moderator)  
  • Salim Abdool Karim, MB, ChB 
    CAPRISA Professor of Global Health (in Epidemiology),
    Columbia Mailman School of Public Health 
  • Perri Peltz, DrPH
    Emmy Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist​

What Would It Take To Increase Public Health in Indigenous Communities?

Tuesday, October 10, 2023  ​


A Healthy and Just World: What would it take to increase public health in Indigenous communities?

What Would It Take To Achieve Equity in Health Professions and Create Health Equity?

Tuesday, October 31, 2023  ​

A Healthy and Just World: What would it take to achieve equity in health professions?


  • Yvonne Ortiz, MEd
    Associate Dean Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (moderator),
    Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
  • Ivory Clarke MSc
    Director of the Culture of Health Program and Equity and Inclusion Officer
    National Academy of Medicine

What Would It Take To Transform Our Health Systems and Create Health Equity?

Thursday, November 16, 2023 ​


  • Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP

    A Healthy and Just World: What would it take to transform our health systems?

    Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer, Senior Scholar, and Executive Director of the
    National Academy of Medicine Leadership Consortium for a Learning Health System
  • Michael Sparer, JD, PhD
    Chair and Professor, Health Policy and Management,
    Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
  • Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, (moderator)
    Dean, Mailman School of Public Health and DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice Professor of Epidemiology and of Medicine; Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center