MHI graduates and their families are invited and encouraged to attend the School of Public Health graduation ceremony and reception. For details and to RSVP, visit the SPH website.
The SPH graduation speaker is ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, Richard Besser, M.D. In this role, he provides medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning America," and "Nightline." In 2011, he led ABC's global health coverage, "Be the Change: Save a Life," reporting on health issues from seven different countries.
Dr. Besser came to ABC News in 2009 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as Acting Director for the CDC from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. He also served as director of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. In that role, he was responsible for all of the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities.
The author and coauthor hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials and publications, Dr. Besser has received many awards for his work in public health and volunteer service, including the Surgeon General's Medallion, and the Dean's Medal from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His investigative reporting into umbilical cord blood banking was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. In 2012 he received an Overseas Press Club award as part of ABC’s coverage of global maternal health issues and two Peabody Awards as part of ABC News’ coverage of hurricane Sandy and Robin Roberts’ health journey.