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Public Health: On the Inside

Public Health: On the Inside

There is more to do in public health besides teaching and research, but what should students expect when they graduate? Public Health: On the Inside is your inside look at the world of public health practice.

Each month, host Tom Burke, associate dean for Public Health Practice and Training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, takes listeners to the frontlines of public health to meet interesting people working in the field.

Explore the links below to listen to individual podcasts.
Public Health: On the Inside is now also available on iTunes U.



Service-Learning - A Real-world Lesson

January 2014

Mindi Levin, founder and director of SOURCE, the Student Outreach Resource Center, discusses the service-learning program she founded a decade ago. The program, which is open to students from Schools of Medicine and Nursing as well as the School of Public Health, combines traditional volunteering with structured learning. For some, the experience has been a career-changer.

Margaret Hamburg

Leveraging Science to Keep America Safe

December 2013

As the 21st commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, discusses her commitment to strengthening programs and policies that protect and promote public health.

Ruben del Prado

The Risk Taker

November 2013

A global advocate for HIV prevention, Ruben del Prado, MD, MPH ’88 is a country coordinator for the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS in Nepal and Bhutan. del Prado discusses working on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the importance of taking risks and remaining fearless in the pursuit of advancing public health.

Deborah Hersman

The High Cost of Impaired Driving

October 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair, Deborah A. P. Hersman, discusses the impact drunk driving has on our nation’s health, and the high cost of injury and deaths attributed to alcohol-impaired related crashes.


Changing Mental Health Care for Children

September 2013

Lawrence Wissow, MD, MPH ’84, bridges the gap between clinical medicine and public health as he works to address the mental health needs of children and improves how doctors communicate with their patients.

Oxiris Barbot

Big City, Big Data

August 2013

Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot discusses what it takes to manage a big city health department and her data-driven approach to making Baltimore a healthier place.

Urvashi Rangan

The Consumer's Scientist

July 2013

Urvashi Rangan, PhD, ‘95 leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports where her group oversees risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests and advocacy work.

Andrew Pekosz

The Flu Fighter

June 2013

From seasonal influenza to emerging diseases like H7N9 and MERS, respiratory viruses have potential to cause serious illness in humans. Andrew Pekosz studies these viruses in order to prevent and treat them.

George Everly

Resiliency of the Human Spirit After Trauma 

April/May 2013

Considered one of the founding fathers of disaster mental health, George Everly Jr., PhD, shares his insights into the emotional trauma and resiliency following the Boston Marathon bombings.

Sara Bleich

An Epidemic of Super-Sized Proportions

March 2013

A policy expert with a focus on obesity, Sara Bleich, PhD, associate professor with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, discusses the science behind the obesity epidemic and tackling the problem in a nation that loves super-sized portions.

Dean Klag

Moving Public Health Forward in the Classroom and Online

February 2013

A global expert on the epidemiology and prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular and kidney disease, Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the importance of public health practice and the future of learning in the classroom and online.

The Nation's Doctor

December 2012

A leader in public health service, former Acting Surgeon General Dr. Steven Galson discusses his years of government service and the challenge of serving as the nation’s doctor during the 2009 H1N1 “swine” flu outbreak.

Catherine Bradshaw

A Public Health Approach to Bullying

November 2012

A leading expert in bullying and aggressive behaviors in children, Catherine Bradshaw, PhD, MEd, associate professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health, discusses her work developing programs and policies to prevent bullying and school violence, as well as the role of the Internet and common misconceptions about this age old problem.

Richard Jackson

Challenging the Landscape of America

September 2012

Credited with launching a national conversation and investigation examining the link between community design and associated health risks, Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, addresses this link, as well as his struggle to bring this critical issue to the forefront of environmental public health.


Gun Violence in America

August 2012

A number of mass shootings, including the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, have reinvigorated the debate surrounding gun control in America. Gun violence and policy experts, Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, and Stephen Teret, JD, MPH, address the impact of gun violence in the U.S.

Tolbert Nyenswah

Liberia’s Assistant Minister of Health

July 2012

A practicing attorney and longtime public health advocate, Tolbert Nyenswah, Esq., LLB, MPH, is the newly appointed Assistant Minister of Health for Liberia. Nyenswah discusses the social and public health challenges in Liberia and addresses the global burden of diseases.

Adnan Hyder

Injury Prevention and Safety Champion

May/June 2012

Credited with bringing scientific rigor to the discussion of injury prevention around traffic accidents, Adnan Hyder, MD, PhD, MPH, director of the International Injury Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses his research, the burden of injuries globally and his hopes for the future of injury prevention in public health.

David Rogers, MD, MPH

The Tidewater Community Health Officer

April 2012

With more than a half century of experience in community health and widely recognized as a leader in his field, Calvert County health officer David Rogers, MD, MPH, began his public health career with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1957.

Dr. Alfredo Palacio

The Physician Politician

March 2012

The former president of the Republic of Ecuador and a leader of political change and economic and social development, Dr. Alfredo Palacio discusses his work, the future of public health and the challenges of maintaining his role as both a physician and politician.

Barcelona, Spain

Saludos de Barcelona!

February 2012

In a Spanish city recognized for its rich culture and history, participants in the Johns Hopkins Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management discuss the public health challenges abroad and their future as public health practitioners.

Keeve Nachman

The Poison that Lurks in Juice

January 2012

Are fruit juices as safe as we think? Arsenic expert, Keeve Nachman, PhD, and physician and blogger, Michael Crupain, MD, MPH, address the research behind claims of arsenic in juice and the challenge of communicating these controversial findings.

David Jernigan

The Advocate

November 2011

Recognized by public health professionals for his role in the recent increase on Maryland alcohol taxes, David Jernigan, PhD, director of the Center of Alcohol Marketing and Youth, discusses his work as a scientist, an advocate and why policy change takes time.

Thomas LaVeist

Bringing Science to Social Justice

October 2011

Credited with bringing scientific rigor to the discussion of health disparities, Thomas LaVeist, PhD, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, discusses his role in the ongoing debate, his work with Washington, as well as new projects for his center.

Joshua Sharfstein

Dream Job

September 2011

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joshua Sharfstein discusses public health at the city, state and national level as well as his prominent career in public health.

Suzanne Condon

Environmental Health Defender

August 2011

Suzanne Condon is the associate commissioner and director of the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She discusses environmental health issues in Massachusetts, including her now-famous investigation of a disease cluster in Woburn, Massachusetts.


Rabies Hunter

July 2011

Veterinarian and journalist Monica Murphy has pursued rabies from Bali to New York City. She discusses her passion for public health and her interest in this infectious disease.

Tala Fakhouri

Disease Detective

June 2011

Tala Fakhouri recently completed her MPH in epidemiology. Now she's working with the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service, our nation's "disease detectives."