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UIC SPH Welcomes Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH as Distinguished Lecturer

UIC SPH Welcomes Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH as Distinguished Lecturer

On Friday, March 18th, the UIC School of Public Health will host Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, as its Distinguished Lecturer.  Dr. Beyrer founded and directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR), which seeks to advance fundamental human rights through research, teaching and advocacy. 

As the inaugural Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights, Dr. Beyrer has done research in health and human rights concerns in Thailand, Burma, China, India, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Russia, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Beyrer has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training programs in infectious disease epidemiology, in health and migration, and in health and human rights.

“Dr. Beyrer was invited to UIC SPH because of his leadership and impact in this field,” explains Supriya D. Mehta, MHS, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology. “His research focuses on quantitative measures of human rights impacts and public health intervention research grounded in human rights principles. Examples of the work he and his center engage in include challenging homophobic laws in Africa and sexual violence against female sex workers.”

The Distinguished Lecture series began at the UIC School of Public Health as a way to highlight the role of public health research in improving health and impacting policy.  Dr. Beyrer’s lecture, titled “Global Health and Human Rights,” will be held on March 18th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the UIC School of Public Health auditorium (1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612).  A panel discussion will take place from 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm in Room SPHPI 932.  To register for the lecture, click here.  Questions?  Contact Julie Kong at

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