Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Established 1913 (renamed 2014)
Type Private
Endowment US$1.2 billion
Dean Julio Frenk
Admin. staff 300
Students 950
282 SM
375 MPH
484 PhD
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Campus Urban
Website hsph.harvard.edu
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (formerly Harvard School of Public Health, also referred to as HSPH) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University, located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of Mission Hill, which is next to Harvard Medical School. HSPH is considered a significant school focusing on health in the United States. The school grew out of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, the nation's first graduate training program in population health, which was founded in 1913 and became Harvard School of Public Health in 1922. Julio Frenk, the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006 and a former executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), became the new dean of the school in January 2009.[1]

Harvard School of Public Health is one of the most selective and prestigious public health schools in the world. In 2006, the middle 50 percent of the incoming class had an incoming GPA between 3.50 and 3.75 (out of 4.0). About half of students already hold a medical doctorate (M.D. or D.O.), and many of the others already hold another advanced professional or doctoral degree upon admission (typically a DPM, DDS/DMD, PhD, JD, or MBA). Students at the school are drawn from around the world, with about 40 percent of the student body coming from outside of the United States.

Overall, the school is ranked third after the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in the 2011, U.S. News & World Report.[2] The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was ranked first in the same report. U.S. News consistently ranks Harvard #1 in Health Policy and Management.[3]

The School's objectives are to provide the highest level of education to health scientists, practitioners, and leaders, to foster new discoveries leading to improved health for the people of this country and all nations, and to strengthen health capacities and services for communities.[4]

History[edit]

The School traces its origins to the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, founded in 1913; Harvard calls it "the nation's first graduate training program in public health." In 1922, the School for Health Officers became the Harvard School of Public Health, and in 1946 it was split off from the medical school and became a separate faculty of Harvard University.[5] It will be renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014 after receiving a $350 million donation from the Morningside Foundation. The Morningside Foundation is headed by Harvard alumnus Gerald Chan, the son of T.H.Chan.

Curriculum[edit]

The Master's in Public Health Program - MPH offers seven degree concentrations:

  • Clinical Effectiveness (CLE)
  • Family and Community Health (FCH)
  • Health Care Management and Policy (CMP)
  • Global Health (GH)
  • Law and Public Health (LPH)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
  • Quantitative Methods (QM)[6]

Degree programs offered by specific departments:

  • Biostatistics: ScM, PhD
  • Environmental Health: ScM, PhD, ScD, MOH, DPH
  • Epidemiology: ScM, ScD, DPH
  • Genetics and Complex Diseases: PhD
  • Health Policy and Management: ScM, ScD, PhD
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases: ScD, PhD
  • Nutrition: ScD, DPH, PhD
  • Global Health:
Health Economics (ScD)
Health Systems (ScD)
Population and Reproductive Health (ScD)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: ScM, ScD, DPH

PhD programs are offered under the aegis of the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Research projects[edit]

  • The Nurses Health Study and Nurses Health Study II, which have followed the health of over 100,000 nurses from 1976 to the present; its results have been used in hundreds of published papers.[7]
  • The Health Professionals Followup Study, a similar study of over fifty thousand male health professionals seeking to connect diet, exercise, smoking, and medications taken to frequency of cancer and cardiovascular disease.[8]
  • The International Health Systems Program, which has provided training or technical assistance to projects in 21 countries, and conducts health policy research[9]
  • The Program in Health Care Financing, which studies the economics of national health care programs; evaluates the health care programs of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries; studies the effects of bringing HMO-like hospital reimbursement practices to developing countries; and applies hedonimetrics to health care.[10]
  • The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), which studies public health and humanitarian law and policy in the context of conflict-torn regions like the Gaza Strip and transnational issues like terrorism.[11]
  • The Lung Cancer S.O.S. study, examining the risk factors for and prognosis of lung cancer in terms of genetics and environment.[12]
  • The College Alcohol Study, which examines the causes of college binge drinking and approaches to prevention and harm reduction.[13]
  • The Program on the Global Demography of Aging, which studies policy issues related to economics of aging with a focus on the developing world.[14]
  • The Superfund Basic Research Program (see Superfund), studying toxic waste management.[15]

Notable faculty (and past faculty)[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Centers and Institutes[edit]

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