Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
|Established||1913 (renamed 2014)|
|Dean||David Hunter (Acting Dean)|
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (formerly Harvard School of Public Health, as HSPH; now also referred to the Harvard Chan School, The T.H. Chan School, The T.H. Chan School of Public Health, or still simply The Chan School of Public Health) 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.
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.
As of 2015, the school is ranked second in the nation (after the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and tied with University of North Carolina School of Public Health) in the U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News consistently ranks Harvard #1 in Health Policy and Management.
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.
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. It was renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014 after receiving a $350 million donation, the largest gift in Harvard's history at the time, from the Morningside Foundation. The Morningside Foundation is headed by Harvard School of Public Health alumnus Dr. Gerald Chan, the son of T.H. Chan.
The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) offers seven degree fields of study:
- Clinical Effectiveness (CLE)
- Health and Social Behavior (HSB)
- Health Policy (HP)
- Health Management (HM)
- Global Health (GH)
- Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
- Quantitative Methods (QM)
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
- 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.
- 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.
- The International Health Systems Program, which has provided training or technical assistance to projects in 21 countries, and conducts health policy research
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lung Cancer S.O.S. study, examining the risk factors for and prognosis of lung cancer in terms of genetics and environment.
- The College Alcohol Study, which examines the causes of college binge drinking and approaches to prevention and harm reduction.
- The Program on the Global Demography of Aging, which studies policy issues related to economics of aging with a focus on the developing world.
- The Superfund Basic Research Program (see Superfund), studying toxic waste management.
Notable faculty (and past faculty)
- Curtis Huttenhower, computational biologist
- Frank Hu, epidemiologist and nutrition researcher
- Alberto Ascherio, neuroepidemiologist
- Katherine Baicker, economist, a former member of the Council of Economic Advisers
- Robert Blendon, political strategy of health and public opinion expert
- David Bloom, economist
- David Canning, economist
- Arnold Epstein, department chair for health policy and management
- Max Essex, HIV researcher
- Julio Frenk, dean of school of public health and former Secretary of Health of Mexico
- Atul Gawande, general and endocrine surgeon
- Sue Goldie, physician and decision scientist, Macarthur fellowship recipient
- John Graham, policy and decision scientist, former director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
- Laurie Glimcher, immunologist
- Alice Hamilton, occupational health and toxicology; first woman appointed to the faculty of Harvard University
- David Hemenway, economist and injury prevention expert
- William Hsiao, economist
- David Hunter, epidemiologist, Acting Dean of the Faculty and former Dean for Academic Affairs at School of Public Health
- Ichiro Kawachi, social epidemiologist
- Howard Koh, public health researcher, the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Petros Koutrakis, environmentalist, Head of the Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program and Director of the EPA/Harvard University Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects
- Nan Laird, biostatistician, former head of department
- Alexander H. Leighton, psychiatric epidemiologist
- Jun S. Liu, biostatistician and mathematician, 2002 COPPS presidents' award recipient
- Xihong Lin, biostatistician and mathematician, 2006 COPPS presidents' award recipient*Bernard Lown, co-founded the Nobel Prize-winning group Physicians for Social Responsibility; founder of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation
- Adetokunbo Lucas, former director of Tropical Diseases Research at the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Brian MacMahon, cancer epidemiologist
- Sezan Mahmud, Writer and university professor
- Christopher Murray, physician and health economist
- Joseph Newhouse, economist and director of the RAND Health Insurance Experiment
- Shuji Ogino, pioneer in molecular pathological epidemiology
- James Robins, epidemiologist and biostatistician
- Amartya Sen, economist, Nobel laureate in Economics
- Andrew Spielman, public health entomologist
- Thomas Weller, Nobel laureate in Physiology and Medicine
- George C. Whipple, cofounder of School in 1922
- James Whittenberger, Department of Physiology
- Richard Levins
- Walter Willett, physician and nutrition researcher
- Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, former Director-General of the World Health Organization
- Gerald Chan, Co-Founder, Morningside Group and second largest benefactor of Harvard University
- Humayun Chaudhry, President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards
- Winston Dang, head of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration from 2004 to 2008
- James O. Mason, former Acting Surgeon-General of the USA, former Director of the CDC
- Jonathan Mann, former head of the World Health Organization global HIV/AIDS program
- Anthony Irvine Adams, 2001 Alumni Award of Merit for a distinguished service in public health practice
- Sue Goldie, MacArthur Fellow and decision scientist
- David J. Sencer, longest-serving Director of the CDC
- James B. Aguayo-Martel, pioneer in ophthalmology
- Eli Capilouto, provost of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and incoming president of the University of Kentucky
- William Foege, MPH 1965, physician, former director of the Centers for Disease Control
- Atul Gawande, surgical safety pioneer, MacArthur Fellow, Rhodes Scholar
- Timothy Johnson, chief medical correspondent for ABC News
- Karl Lauterbach, German Politician (SPD)
- Jonathan Fielding, Director Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, editor Annual Review of Public Health
- Shuji Ogino, pioneer in molecular pathological epidemiology
- Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, former Minister of Health of Indonesia
- Steven K. Galson, former Acting Surgeon General of the United States
- Hrishikesh Polisetti, MPH 1960, former Director of Medical and Health Services, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
- HSPH Faculty Profile for Acting Dean of the Faculty, David Hunter
- Julio Frenk Named Next Dean of Harvard School of Public Health
- 2015 Ranking of Best schools of Public Health in US by U.S. News & World Report.
- HSPH Catalog - Harvard School of Public Health
- MPH Program - Harvard School of Public Health
- NHS :: The Nurses’ Health Study » Front
- HPFS - About Us
- International Health Systems Program at Harvard
- Program in Health Care Financing - Harvard School of Public Health
- Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR)
- College Alcohol Study
- Global Demography of Aging
- The Superfund Basis Research Program at Harvard University
- “George Chandler Whipple.” (1925). Jour. American Water Works Association. 13:1, 93-4.
- Galford, Hugh S. (August 2007). "The Over-Educated Garbage Man: Minister Winston Dang of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration". Washington International. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- Bloom, Barry R. (Winter 2007). "Dean's message: Leaders worth following". Harvard Public Health Review. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- Harvard School of Public Health Website
- Professor Andrew Speilman, Professor Tropical Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health Freeview Issues programme on Malaria by the Vega Science Trust.
Centers and Institutes
- Jay Winsten Center for Health Communication
- François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
- Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention
- Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
- Harvard Injury Control Research Center
- Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HSPH HAI)
- Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health