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Free Associations

By Population Health Exchange

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Free Associations is about using a critical eye when reading journal articles or news coverage about research breakthroughs. With a sense of humor and a healthy dose of skepticism Boston University School of Public Health Professors Matt Fox, Chris Gill and Don Thea talk us through popular health studies and hyperbolic news headlines while teaching us how to ask the right questions. Music: "Duress" by Ketsa under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Customer Reviews

Entertaining & informative

This podcast is great for anyone in the field of public health but also for anyone who wants to be more informed about these studies that get high press coverage but may be misleading.

As a former student of Chris Gill’s at BUSPH (one of my favorite professors btw), I was excited about this podcast because Chris has an amazing way of explaining complex topics in a way that makes you say “wow, I get it now!”

The combination of Matt, Chris, & Don is really great. They clearly have a lot of fun in the podcast which makes what they have to say even more enjoyable to listen to. I definitely recommend this podcast to all my public health field podcast listeners!

Sound analysis and sound advice

These guys are a breath of fresh air. While they sometimes get a bit off track and silly (tho' funny), they provide really sensible and accessible information about the sometimes bewildering health research that we see every day in the news.

I'm not a scientist and certainly not an epidemiologist but it's still interesting to hear all the thought that goes into these studies and how they are all flawed to some degree. Knowing this helps us understand the take-home message better.

It's a public service to have the curtain pulled back by experts in the field

Quality science and entertainment

I'm an epidemiologist so this podcast is pretty up my alley, but it's created in such a way to be accessible to all. I read journal articles all day and am often not entertained, so I was a little skeptical of this podcast's entertainment value but was pleasantly surprised. The hosts are personable, informative, and engaging. A great podcast for scientists and non-scientists alike.

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