News & Events

News, Updates, Events, and Other Resources for the Department

The department regularly hosts events promoting the work of its faculty and students, as well as guest speakers from reputable organizations discussing topics relevant to health care, health policy, and other important topics.

  • Internal & Campus News

    VUMC Reporter; biweekly, campus news from around VUMC.
    HP Happenings; informal, personalized content for faculty & staff only; edited and published by Jake Lowary 1-3x per month

    Current HP Happenings:

    DEI Events; DEI events within the department
    DEI Newsletter: DEI updates & initiatives within the department

  • Dept. of Health Policy & PhD Program Events

    Health Policy Grand Rounds: Held monthly during the academic year. Presenters may come from other departments at VU/VUMC, local health organizations such as the Tennessee Department of Health, or other academic institutions. Located at 2525 West End in the 1250 Conference Room, 6th Floor Boardroom; 10th Floor or 8th Floor Boardrooms, typically from 12-1 p.m. CT. and available on Zoom.

    Have a suggestion for a guest speaker to bring in for Grand Rounds? Email your ideas to

    RIPPL: Known formally as the Research Into Policy and Practice Lecture Series, the series covers a range of emerging topics at the forefront of public and policy discussions, held at least once each fall and spring semesters. It brings together local, state, and national thought leaders and policymakers to examine policy's role in relevant issues such as Medicare for all, the opioid crisis, mid-term national elections, tobacco control, and more. 

    Health Policy Seminar/Takeout Thursday: Health Policy Seminar (often called "Takeout Thursday") is our lunch seminar series. It is required for PhD students, however the rest of the Department staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. It is held weekly from 12-1 p.m. during the academic term in the Suite 1250 Conference Room. The seminar covers the a variety of content pertinent to Internal Health Policy faculty & staff, from works in progress to practice conference presentations to ongoing works from visiting faculty.

    Tennessee Emerging Infections Program Scientific Presentation Day: Held annually, the Tennessee Emerging Infections Program Scientific Presentation Day (often called "EIP Day" for short) is a day-long seminar held off-site that features visiting speakers and faculty on topics related to infectious disease surveillance within EIP's network of states, most often from Tennessee Dept. of Health, the CDC, and other research agencies and organizations in the Southeast. 

    MPH Program

    MPH Event Calendar: Tracks events and seminars pertaining to the MPH program, its students, and faculty Events range from writing studio consultations, farmers' markets, and speakers covering an array of topics

    Annual David Satcher Lecture: Annual lecture hosted by MPH program, named in honor of Dr. David Satcher, esteemed public health figure and former US Surgeon General. 

    National Public Health Week: led by students in MPH program; involves 4-5 public health events or lecture throughout the week (held annually in April).


    Other Dept of Health Policy Events:

    • Value-Based Health Care Delivery Seminar: Under previous leadership prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department partnered with faculty in the Owen Graduate School of Management and a two--day seminar focused on value-based care delivery. Primarily, this served a selected group of health care management professionals and medical professionals with interests in health policy.

    • Special Seminars/Job Talks: Department faculty or postdoc candidates. Scheduled and delivered as necessary or directed by Department leadership.

    • Applied Economics (formerly "HEP") Seminars: sponsored by Dept of Economics and Public Policy Studies program; Selected presentations often have health economics or policy interest.

    • Department Picnic: held every spring during the workday, usually at Fannie Mae Dee's Park, weather and availability permitting. Games, food, best side dish & dessert competition, and the infamous Tug-o-War all happen here!

    • Holiday Party: Held usually in December at various locations around the VUMC campus to bring together faculty and staff to appreciate and celebrate each other in the holiday setting and theme.

    Lecture Series