In the 20th century, advances in knowledge about how best to protect the public’s health helped double life expectancy. But today, our progress is under attack by four major threats that cause disease, disability, and death around the globe: old and new pandemics, harmful physical and social environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing health systems.
The Campaign for Harvard School of Public Health is about building on 100 years of experience tackling big challenges like these. It is about discovering new solutions to complex problems and acting upon this knowledge. It is about working with friends, partners, and supporters to achieve large-scale, long-term impact.
The Campaign will drive efforts to prevent outbreaks and halt the spread of diseases that claim millions of lives. It will advance our understanding of the complex interactions among our own personal choices, the physical and social spaces where we live and work, and the genetic cards dealt to each of us at birth. It will sustain efforts to defend health as a universal human right. And it will propel a transformation in public health education to foster effective leadership and promote wise policies.
An investment in the people, ideas, and infrastructure of HSPH has immediate effects both here at home and around the world, and it pays off again and again—in the lives and dreams of individuals, and in the health and well-being of entire societies. With your help, we will change policies, practices, and personal behavior. We will advance scientific understanding. And we will empower new generations of public health leaders to create a healthier world for all of us.
The pages that follow describe our four major undertakings in this Campaign, as well as a few of the people who are tackling these threats—what they are doing now and what they are capable of doing with your support. Please join us.
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health
T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School