The University Record, September 24, 1996

Public Health alumni Day focuses on controversy

Three controversial issues in public health will be explored during the School of Public Health's Alumni Day on Fri. (Sept. 27) in the Auditorium, SPH II Bldg. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to attend the lectures.


10:30 a.m.-noon: "Is Physician-Assisted Suicide an Acceptable Option?" Richard Lichtenstein, associate professor of health management and policy, will present the results of a study he conducted with the Institute for Social Research on attitudes toward assisted suicide held by Michigan citizens and physicians.


1:30-2:30 p.m.: Victor Strecher, professor of health behavior and health education, and associate director, Cancer Center, will discuss current and future uses of advanced communications technologies, such as the Internet and telemedicine, to target and communicate personalized health information.


3-4:30 p.m.: Francis S. Collins, director of the National Center for Human Genome Research, will discuss "The Future of Genetics in Public Health." His lecture is in honor of the "genesis" of the newly-launched Interdepartmental Concentration in Public Health Genetics in the School of Public Health.

Collins, also head of the Human Genome Project, has led several successful gene searches including the genes for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis and Huntington's Disease.

A public health poster session will be on display at 8:30-10 a.m. in the SPH II Auditorium Lobby, and a reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the lobby.