McGovern Health Communication Lecture Series

The John P. McGovern Lecture was established in the Moody College of Communication in 1983 by a gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation. The endowed lectureship enables Moody College to invite a leading figure in communication to deliver a lecture related to health policy or the practice of health communication.

John P. McGovern, M.D., was a celebrated physician, educator, author, medical historian, philosopher, philanthropist, and humanitarian based in Houston. According to the American Medical Association, he was "one of the giants in American medicine." His international reputation in various fields was reflected in honorary degrees from 30 colleges and universities. He died in 2007.

Upcoming Lectures

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March 26, 2024

McGovern Health Communication Lecture

Katelyn Jetelina, Ph.D., MPH

Katelyn Jetelina, Ph.D., MPH, is an epidemiologist and scientific communicator. She is the co-founder of the Health Trust Initiative and is a Senior Scientific Advisor to several government and non-profit agencies, including the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Resolve to Save Lives. In addition, Dr. Jetelina is the publisher of Your Local Epidemiologist — a public health newsletter that "translates" ever-evolving science to the public, reaching over 300 million views. Dr. Jetelina has received numerous national awards, including National Academies of Science and a medal of honor from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Katelyn resides with her husband and two toddlers in San Diego, California.


Past Lectures

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Challenges of Studying Cancer Communication in a Changing Health Communication Ecosystem

Andy King, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Utah

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A Discussion with Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.
Sr. Associate Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

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“Let’s Talk about a New “E” Word”: Equity Science…and Health Equity, and Big Data”

Ashani Johnson-Turbes, Ph.D.
Vice President and Director
NORC's Center for Equity Research

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Final Thoughts on Health Communication at UT: A Look Back with Dean Bernhardt

Jay M. Bernhardt, Ph.D., MPH
Dean of Moody College of Communication
The University of Texas at Austin

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Communicating Amidst Uncertainty: Lessons from COVID-19 and Next Steps

Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
Senior Fellow
American Enterprise Institute

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Health Communication: An Integral Tool in Eliminating Disparities and Achieving Health Equity

Octavio Martinez, Jr., M.D., MPH
Executive Director
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

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Using Narratives to Make Complicated Health Issues More Accessible

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Columbia University

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From Ebola to Zika: Lessons Learned from Reporting on Public Health Emergencies

Seema Yasmin, M.D.
Stanford Health Communication Initiative