Symposium F.GI01 is an opportunity for the MRS community to share their research enabling advances in medicine and public health; interact with stakeholders from industry, government agencies, national laboratories, healthcare; and identify new opportunities to contribute to the broader impacts of materials research. Many members of the MRS community have rapidly redirected their research or their laboratories in response to immediate public health needs over the last year. Thus, also to be discussed are best practices in responding to rapidly changing research environments. The symposium will include contributed papers, invited presentations, and panel discussions. Tutorial topics are also under development. While this general interest symposium is motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium will encompass materials research that is enabling for medicine and public health in general.