What Are You Worth? Howard Friedman, Ph.D. (ENG '98, SOM '99) Explores the Value We Place on Life

What Are You Worth? Howard Friedman, Ph.D. (ENG '98, SOM '99) Explores the Value We Place on Life

Sponsored by the Healthcare & Hopkins Alumni in Law Affinity Groups 

How much is a human life worth? The question’s complexity resides in the fact that how we arrive at a price tag on human life says a great deal about our priorities. The price tags, and the methods used to develop them, are a reflection of our values as a society. They are infused with influences from economics, ethics, religion, human rights, and law. Join Dr. Howard Steven Friedman (Engineering '98, Medicine '99), leading data scientist and health economist, as he discusses how, if we want to ensure that these price tags are fair, we need to start from the idea that all life has intrinsic and equal value.

This event will be presented on Zoom. Please click the link to join the webinar: https://jh.zoom.us/j/91004323072Webinar ID: 910 0432 3072


Howard Friedman has decades of experience in the public sector, private sector and in academia.  He has led many of the research efforts at international organizations with a focus on applications of statistics and health economics to develop investment cases for public health in low and middle income countries.  In the private sector, he was a Director at Capital One and has founded numerous start-up companies with a focus on analytics applications in health as well as private equity.  In academia, he teaches at Columbia University’s School of Public Health and the Data Science Institute and has published about one hundred scientific papers.  His 2012 book, Measure of a Nation, was named one of the best books of the year in the NY Times and his new book, Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life, was released in May 2020 by University of California Press.  He has a Masters in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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 Event Date
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Start Time: 3:00pm
End Time: 4:00pm

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