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PHAISE: Public Health + AI Strategic Endeavors   explores the use of artificial intelligence to help solve key public health issues

PHAISE—Public Health + AI Strategic Endeavors—is a Schoolwide initiative developed to explore the use of artificial intelligence to help solve key public health issues.  

PHAISE seeks to:

  • Foster in-depth discussion within the Bloomberg School community on AI in public health. 

  • Identify areas of strategic interest and need at the School. 
  • Enhance understanding, appropriate adoption, and development of AI tools at the School. 

PHAISE is led by the Office of the Dean in collaboration with research@BSPH.  

PHAISE Seminars

PHAISE takes shape through monthly seminars co-hosted by departments at the School. Seminars feature internal and external speakers with expertise in a range of AI topics.  

From panel discussions to presentations on research, seminars take a variety of forms and are open to all audiences. No experience with AI is required.  

Seminars are in person at or near the School’s Wolfe Street building, and will be recorded and shared internally and externally.  

Upcoming Seminars 

Coming Soon

Recent Seminars

Recent Seminar

Launch + Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 29, 2024
1:30–3 p.m.
Becton Dickinson Hall (Room W1020) 

Recent Seminar


Friday, March 1, 2024
12:15–1:20 p.m.
Sheldon Hall (W1214)

Recent Seminar

PHAISE + Biostatistics: Challenges in Deep Learning

Monday, April 8, 2024
Sheldon Hall (Room W2008)

Recent Seminar

PHAISE + EPI The Basics of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Parts I & II)


PHAISE is open to collaboration with organizations, centers, or groups with an interest in or upcoming event on AI and public health. To collaborate with PHAISE, please email

Upcoming Collaborations 

Coming soon



Task Force

PHAISE is led by a task force comprised of leaders representative of all departments across the Bloomberg School.

The PHAISE task force meets monthly to assess PHAISE’s progress and direction.  To review key takeaways from past Task Force meetings, see the research@BSPH Research Wiki site. If you are interested in presenting at or attending a task force meeting, please contact

AI Course List

The BSPH provides various opportunities to learn more about Artificial Intelligence in the public health sector. Learn more about courses in Artificial Intelligence below.

Using Generative AI to Improve Public Health

The emergence of practical, everyday uses for artificial intelligence tools has captured the imagination of the public, for both good and bad. How, though, can artificial intelligence and generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, or even Microsoft Copilot be used to improve the practice of public health? Can they be used safely and ethically? In this introductory, hands-on course, we'll look at these questions through a variety of lenses, offering opportunities to build skills in using generative AI tools in your own public health work.

Introduces students to core concepts in the utilization of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Explores ethical, financial, and policy-based issues in the application of generative AI to public health. Contrasts accuracy and reach of generative AI with the potential for both misinformation and problem solving. Enables students to develop skills in utilizing generative AI tools for public health research and practice. Learn more on CoursePlus.

AI Programming in Python for Public Health

This course is essential for anyone interested in leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence to advance public health. It offers: Cutting-Edge Knowledge: Understand how AI technologies are revolutionizing public health, from epidemic forecasting to personalized healthcare. Practical Skills: Gain hands-on experience with AI tools and methodologies, making you a valuable asset in any health-related field. Broadened Perspectives: Explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of AI in healthcare, preparing you to make informed decisions in your professional practice. Future Preparedness: Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving field, ensuri

Explores the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in public health. Aims at public health professionals, researchers, and policymakers, the course delves into AI’s role in disease surveillance, epidemic prediction, healthcare delivery, and health policy. Gains foundational knowledge in AI concepts, machine learning algorithms, and data analytics. Teaches how AI can address public health challenges, enhance disease prevention strategies, and improve health outcomes through case studies, interactive sessions, and hands-on projects. Emphasizes ethical considerations, data privacy, and the equitable application of AI technologies in diverse health settings. Learn more on CoursePlus.

Data Science for Public Health II

Presents the basics of data science using the python programming language. Teaches basic unix, version control, graphing and plotting techniques, creating interactive graphics, web app development, reproducible research tools and practices, resampling based statistics and artificial intelligence via deep learning, focusing on practical
implementation specifically tied to computational tools and core
fundamentals necessary for practical implementation. Culminates with a web app development project chosen by student (who will come out of this course sequence well-equipped to tackle many of the data science problems that they will see in their
research). Learn more on CoursePlus.

Digital and Mobile Health Research in Public Mental Health

Introduces students to digital and mobile health (mHealth) research in mental health. Covers a wide range of digital health topics and studies on mental and behavioral health conditions. Topics will include using digital health for research participant recruitment, assessment and data collection, as well as mental and behavioral health intervention development and delivery. Offers hands-on experience in digital and mobile health study design and data collection. Provides students a comprehensive overview over of the digital and mobile health field in mental health and encourages creative thinking about how these research methods can be applied. Learn more on CoursePlus.