Talk Title: Media and Medicine: Storytelling for Social Change with Neal Baer, MD


The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences presents Grands Rounds in Population and Public Health Sciences, which will take place on Friday, February 23. This innovative Grand Rounds event aims at highlighting the power of the entertainment industry to influence medicine and public health, and the unique position of USC in advancing associated research and training. Beginning with brief summaries of the USC Annenberg School for Communications’ Norman Lear Center (by Professor Marty Kaplan) and the Hollywood, Health and Society Program (by Professor Kate Folb), the Grand Rounds talk will be delivered by Neal Baer, followed by responses from Professors Kaplan, Folb, and Sheila Murphy.


Dr. Baer is an award-winning showrunner, television writer/producer, physician, author and a public health advocate and expert. He was Executive Producer of the NBC series ER and a writer and producer on the series for seven seasons as well as several other successful television series including Designated Survivor. Dr. Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Dr. Baer's primary medical interests are in adolescent and global health.


Thomas Valente, PhD
Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
Director, Center for Applied Network Analysis


Kate Folb, MEd
Program Director, Hollywood, Health & Society


Marty Kaplan
Director, Norman Lear Center
Research Professor of Communication and Journalism
Annenberg School of Communications


Sheila Murphy
Professor of Communication
Annenberg School of Communications


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