10 Public Health Podcasts You Need to Start Following

By: Katherine Millsaps – Epidemiology

Between working-from-home and online courses, I am sure everyone has been looking for escapes from their bedrooms/ study areas. One way I like to keep sane is by going on a walk (indoor/outdoor depending on the temperature) and listening to a podcast. Here is a list of podcasts I have been enjoying or plan to follow soon which are all relevant to public health: 

  1. The Missionary (8 Episodes ~40 mins) 

Hosted by Rajiv Golla, Halima Gikandi and Malcolm Burnley, this podcast explores the journey of Renee Bach, a young missionary who founded Serving His Children, a malnutrition program in rural Uganda. Recently, she has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and rumored to have killed hundreds of Ugandan children in her unlicensed clinic. This was recommend by Dr.Bethany Caurso of the Hubert Department of Global Health, this podcast makes you think about White Savior Complex and the motives behind your own work in global communities. https://open.spotify.com/show/2X0iBVLuW2sxG80GQAc0SS?si=L9WVPvvSScWc3UJKHjvWMg

  1. In Deep (8 Episodes, ~30 mins) 

Hosted by Jed Kim from American Public Media’s The Water Main, dives into the world of clean water. From lead pipes in Chicago to the wetlands of Tampa Bay, the labyrinth underground that brings us drinking water and controls our sewage is in real trouble that needs to be brought into the light. If you are interested in the WASH certificate, I recommend checking this one out for the emphases on the importance of water infrastructure.  

  1. Case Confirmed (13 Episodes, ~25 mins) 

Hosted by Meera, Vijeta, and Dina, who interview public health experts from and around the world to explore their unique perspectives and deliver new insights to their listeners. 


  1. This Podcast Will Kill You (66 Episodes, ~80 mins)

Hosted by ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann, this podcast tackles a new disease each episode looking into its history, biology, and human experiences while including guests now and then. They make infectious diseases comfortable dinner party conversations while providing matching cocktail recipes to match the illness of the week! 

  1. Leading with Health (99 Episodes, ~ 25 mins)

Hosted by Jennifer Michelle, MPH, EMT, women dive into societal change though a healthcare lens in hopes of creating a healthcare system that actually cares. This is a podcast for those who aren’t afraid of dismantling the patriarchy to make the world a better place. 


  1. Emerging Infectious Diseases (50 Episodes, ~20 mins)

Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each week they highlight key articles in the current issue of their journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases. 

  1. 5 Percent and Falling (8 Episodes, ~35 mins)

Presented by the NYU School of Global Public Health, explores the current public health crises that are threatening American families, communities and the collective future. In Presented by the NYU School of Global Public Health, this podcast explores current crises that are threating families, communities, and the collective future. In addition, they look at the people who have devoted their careers to analyzing, uncovering, and inventing new solutions for these issues. 

  1. Intersectionality Matters! (33 Episodes, ~65 mins) 

Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory, this podcast features on the ground interviews with some of the world’s most innovative activists, artists, and scholars. Ranging from the Supreme Court to grassroots activism in Brazil and the Congo to #SayHerName and #MeToo campaign, each episode will explore a difference topic through and intersectional lens. 

  1. Environmental Health Chat (62 Episodes, ~ 7 mins) 

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health, this podcast explores how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode will highlight researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.  


  1. The Public Health Millennial Career Stories Podcast (38 Episodes, ~90 mins) 

Omari Richins, MPH chats with public health professionals and students to collect their unique and diverse career stories with tips and insights to help young professionals starting off. This podcast offers insightful stories, career strategies, actionable tips, and resources to assist in progressing public health careers. I think this could be extremely helpful while looking for APEs for the first years and jobs for graduating students. https://open.spotify.com/show/6D3ocpa0ppqG7i84LX2Oh7?si=9H0hCy9pQQOjwIUtB8FPHw

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