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Global Health Program Unites Disciplines

DECEMBER 16, 2014

In an increasingly global society, where health problems – and their potential solutions – often have implications far beyond the communities in which they occur, public health is fast becoming a field of great interest among colleges and universities. Boston College is a leader in training this new generation of internationally-minded problem solvers through its program in Global Public Health, offering undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework via a collaboration between the Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This semester, 67 students have been enjoying the unique opportunity to take a course team-taught by Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins and Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Sutherland. Public Health in a Global Society, the first installment in a three-course sequence, presents the topic as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention.  More about the Global Health Program »

BCSSW in the News
Under New Leader, BC Social Work Center Redefines Mission

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Boston College's innovative National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is undergoing a major transition this fall, with new leadership and an expansion of its mission to help give individuals and families greater control over the design and delivery of home and community-based services.

Richard Petty, an experienced administrator in advocacy and programs promoting independent community living for persons with disabilities, began his duties as director of the center – housed at the BC School of Social Work – after being appointed this past summer.

He succeeds Professor of Social Work Kevin Mahoney, the founding director and architect of NRCPDS, who will remain as a researcher and oversee the new center initiative focusing on behavioral health, funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  More about center's new leader »

Events

Social Innovation Symposium

FEBRUARY 1, 2012
6:45–9 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

The Social Innovation Symposium will be a conversation among three social entrepreneurs working to bring social innovation to the nonprofit, for-profit, and public sectors:

  • Earl Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Read; Founder of Summer Advantage USA; and Co-Founder and Former CEO of BELL
  • Jim Laughlin, Director of Communications for Life Is Good
  • Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools

See the event schedule

The symposium is a unique graduate and undergraduate collaboration sponsored by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Capstone, and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Boston College undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to register by January 26, 2012, to margaret.dolan.2@bc.edu.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Berzin at stephanie.berzin@bc.edu.