The Future of Public Health: A Conversation with Dr. Rochelle Walensky, AB '91, and Dr. William Powderly

Throughout their careers, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, AB '91, and Dr. William Powderly have contributed meaningful research on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. There are numerous parallels in their careers — from teaching and research to leading public health institutions and associations. At the intersection of their work is a fundamental commitment to creating public health practice and policy that provides equitable access to care.


Rochelle Walensky, MD
William Powderly, MD

Rochelle Walensky is honored to share her perspective, in conversation with William Powderly, on the future of public health, the most pressing public health issues facing us today, and the transdisciplinary approach in higher education, scientific research, and community engagement that will be needed to guide our public health nationally and globally.

In the fall of 2024, WashU's College of Arts & Sciences will launch a minor and a major in Public Health and Society. At a time of a rapidly shifting public health landscape, WashU students, faculty, researchers, health practitioners, and the general public have a rare opportunity to hear from these renowned leaders about the future challenges facing the public health community, and the opportunities we have to address them.

This event is presented in service of Public Health at WashU and supported by Arts & Sciences and the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

This event will take place in Graham Chapel on the WashU Danforth Campus. This event is free to attend. However, registration is required. You will need to bring proof of registration or a WashU ID to this event. A confirmation email, which can serve as proof of registration, will be sent prior to the event.