Monday Oct. 16, 2017
In this lecture, Christopher Golden, associate director of the research consortium Planetary Health Alliance, discussed planetary health, an emergent field that characterizes the human health impacts of broad, rapidly accelerating environmental change. Humans have massively disrupted the natural systems of the planet and, consequently, the physical and mental health of the human population is vulnerable to these changes. Golden has researched these themes over the past 18 years in Madagascar, within the context of rapid ecosystem transformation, devastating poverty, significant health challenges and a trying political system. His work broadly focuses on the intersections of environmental change and human health, including the impact of terrestrial wildlife declines on food security and human nutrition; the impact of marine fishery collapses on food security and human nutrition; disease transmission dynamics between wildlife and humans and the potential for the next outbreak; and progress to date in developing culturally appropriate interventions to tackle these problems.
Christopher Golden, PhD, MPH
Associate Director, Planetary Health Alliance
Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
This seminar was hosted by the USC Institute for Global Health, Division of International Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and GlobeMed at USC as part of the USC Global Health Lecture Series.