Technology, Data, and Health

The Program in Technology, Data, and Health seeks to understand the complex role of diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive devices in changing the definitions of health and illness, while focusing attention on the increasing role that information technology takes on in mediating access to care in past, present, and future.

Drawing from faculty and trainees across the School of Medicine, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Program encourages interdisciplinary collaborations to empirically analyze and re-theorize the relationship between technology and health in contemporary moment that increasingly proposes data as a solution to health problems.  Drawing on a diverse array of methods from history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, clinical medicine, epidemiology, and medical informatics, this network of scholars insisted on the urgency of recognizing that the impact of technology on health and medicine can never be divorced from social context.  With the support of a Sawyer Award from the Mellon Foundation on “Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data”, the Program has helped to co-sponsor several workshops on the role of medical technology in eliminating or in exacerbating existing health disparities, the urgency of examining racial, ethnic, gender, and class biases built into algorithmic models of care, the evolving roles of electronic systems in medical practice, the commodification of health data, the increasing role of sensors and wearable devices, the nascent “do-it-yourself” (DIY) and “open-source” approaches to health technologies, and the elusive promises of precision medicine.

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Researchers

Henry Fessler

Director, Fellowship Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care; Professor, SOM

Yulia Frumer

Professor, History of Science and Technology, KSAS

Gail Geller

Director of Education Initiatives, Berman Institute of Bioethics; Professor, SOM

Jeremy Greene, Director

Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine; Professor, Medicine & History of Medicine, SOM

Lindsey Grubbs

Graduate Fellow

Clara Han

Professor, Anthropology, KSAS

Jeffrey Kahn

Director, Berman Institute of Bioethics

Kirsten Moore-Sheeley

Alumni - Post Graduate Fellow 2018-19

Alexander Parry

Graduate Fellow

Daniel Polsky

Distinguished Professor

Joshua Sharfstein

Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, BSPH

Durgesh Solanki

Graduate Fellow

Rebecca Wilbanks

Postdoctoral Fellow

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

November 12, 2021
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

Trans/Medicine Workshop

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

Medicine and medical understandings have played prominent and problematic features in framing transgender historiography. Often, the critical role of trans people in shaping and contesting medical knowledge and practices has ...

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Workshop on Transgender Politics & Medicine


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September 22, 2021
5:00 pm

Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium in Bioethics and Health Policy

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September 17, 2021
9:00 am

Black Beyond Data: Combating Racial Injustice Through the Digital Humanities: An Introduction

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

The Sawyer Seminar on Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data (a grant co-sponsored with Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine’s and the Department of ...

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May 28, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Bioethics: Reckoning with Structures

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Robbie Shilliam and Dr. Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins University. To register, visit

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April 30, 2021
Featured2:00 pm / 4:00 pm

VERDANT MEDICINE: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary

Arts, Humanities, & Health / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

VERDANT MEDICINE: HIlDEGARD'S RESONANT APOTHECARY, a livestream concert by medieval ensemble Alkemie and a roundtable conversation on the medicinal use of plants by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen.Register by Apr. 22 to receive mailed "intersensory program cards"!

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April 9, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Global Health, Justice, & Activism

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Gregg Gonsalves & Dr. Alexandre White Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For more information ...

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March 12, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Public Health and the State

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Public Health and the State Featuring Dr. Lawrence Brown & Dr. Graham Mooney Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom ...

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February 26, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Health Disparities and Structural Racism

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Past Events / Race, Racism, & Health

Health Disparities and Structural Racism Featuring Dr. Claire Decoteau & Dr. Lisa Cooper Speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For ...

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February 3, 2021

Conference: Critical Conversations on Reproductive Health/Care: Past, Present, and Future

Past Events / Reproduction, Health, & Society

Place: Online Conference, event links will be sent to those who register. Dates: February 3-7, 2021

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