Ruth McDermott-Levy to speak on planetary and human health March 21

January 30, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ruth McDermott-Levy, associate professor and director of the Center for Global and Public Health at Villanova University, will present a public lecture titled “Planetary Health: An Upstream Approach to Addressing the Needs of Patients and Communities” on March 21 at Penn State's University Park campus. The talk will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library).

McDermott-Levy will address planetary health as it relates to the health of patients and communities, the relationship between planetary health and environmental impacts on human health, and ways to improve health from an ecological perspective.

A reception with light refreshments will follow in 107 Memorial Lounge at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

Advance registration is required. To register, go to The deadline to register is March 15.

For more information, contact Eva Zeisky at

The event is sponsored by the Penn State College of Nursing, which will host McDermott-Levy as a visiting scholar in March, and co-sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute, Sustainability InstituteUniversity Libraries, and Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development.

Last Updated September 20, 2019