Dean’s Distinguished Lecture by William A. Haseltine at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings experts from the United States and other nations to the School of Public Health to share their views on the major challenges and opportunities in their fields and disciplines. The result is an ongoing dialogue between public health students and leaders about the issues they face.

In this lecture, guest speaker William A. Haseltine, himself a former Harvard professor, reflects on his prolific relationship with the school and its faculty while presenting his book World Class: A Story of Adversity, Transformation, and Success at NYU Langone Health. Before Haseltine was the Chair and President of ACCESS Health International, he was a scientist and an entrepreneur who collaborated with some of Harvard’s premier researchers. By tying in his own evolution as a public health professional with the systemwide transformation of NYU Langone Health, Haseltine provides insight on the specific tools and broader structural challenges that have made the field what it is today.

Drawing primarily on the lessons learned in World Class, Haseltine shares with his audience some vital observations on the formative medical, technological, and organizational shifts shaping health systems around the world. From data driven integration to value based outpatient care, Haseltine’s analysis of the current state of public health affairs should prove valuable to anyone interested in changing them for the better.