Class of 2019 – Common Reading


Saving Gotham

A Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors, and the Fight for Eight Million Lives

By: Tom Farley, MD











What is a Common Reading Program?

The Common Reading Program is a shared learning experience for all incoming students in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The purpose of this program is to stimulate meaningful conversations about the professions that you are entering while learning about all possibilities to make a difference.  This interprofessional educational (IPE) opportunity will provide your cohort with a shared learning experience about the fields of public health, health administration and leadership.


Common Reading Book for 2017

This year’s selection is Saving Gotham by Dr. Tom FarleySaving Gotham provides readers with a personal account of what has been considered one of the most controversial―and successful―public health initiatives of our time. Thomas A. Farley, tells the real-life story of a team of doctors who tackled various public health issues in New York City.  These issues included smoking, unhealthy eating habits and the obstacles involved when trying to implement change.  Saving Gotham demonstrates how multi-disciplinary teams can work together to protect and transform health for everyone.

Saving Gotham will provide you with an increased awareness of the diverse roles and responsibilities that are found in the fields of public health and health administration.


Common Reading Discussion

    • All new SPH students will participate in an interactive discussion about the book during the first IPE activity on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
    • Purchase your own copy of the book- Saving Gotham and read it by August 23rd.   Farley, T. (2015). Saving Gotham: A billionaire mayor, activist doctors, and the fight for eight million lives. NY: W. W Norton & Company.
      ISBN-10 0393071243 and ISBN-13: 978-0393071245



Questions about the Program?

Contact Dr. Marcy L. Paul at or Dr. Karen Bell at

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