Hot Topics in Public Health — A Symposium Series

Misinformation/Disinformation in Public Health

Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
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Introductory remarksJonathan L. Temte, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement
Introduction of speakerTemte
SpeakerAjay Sethi, PhD, MHS, Professor of Population Health Sciences and Faculty Director of the Master of Public Health Program

Ajay Sethi, PhD, MHS

Ajay SethiDr. Ajay Sethi’s research interests lie broadly in the study of infectious diseases. His studies aim to identify modifiable behavioral and structural factors associated with transmission and morbidity and mortality if infection is established. He works in the areas of HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, healthcare-associated infections, the microbiome, and addressing public health misinformation.

In 2021, Dr. Sethi received a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his PhD in Epidemiology and MHS in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received a BS in Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Accreditation Statement

Accreditation statement logoIn support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

2023-24 Go Big Read book: ‘How Minds Change’

This Hot Topics Symposium topic was chosen to complement the 2023-24 Go Big Read book titled “How Minds Change” by David McRaney.

Bridging emergent research in psychology and neuroscience with conversations among political activists, cult members, and conspiracy theorists, How Minds Change interrogates the mechanisms that determine personal and collective opinion and belief. Crafted by international bestseller and expert in the psychology of reasoning, David McRaney, How Minds Change is both an exploration into the art of persuasion and a practical guide for navigating polarization and enacting social change.

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Past Symposia

Thursday, March 30, 2023: Thirty Years of Tobacco Control Research and Intervention:
Looking Forward, Looking Back

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2023: Race, Racism and COVID-19 in Wisconsin

April 21, 2022: A Conversation on Disability Rights

Oct. 6, 2021: Hot Topics in Public Health: Immigrant Health: An Insider’s View

April 28, 2021: Hot Topics in Public Health: Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency

October 26, 2020: Hot Topics in Public Health: Prevention of Gun Violence as a Public Health Strategy

January 27, 2021: Hot Topics in Public Health: The Coronavirus Pandemic at One Year

January 29, 2020: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Real Time

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