It is a great privilege for me to take the reins of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—and of the Campaign that has already done so much to transform the School—at a time of great momentum both here on campus and in the field of public health more broadly.
Within the School, an exciting transformation in our educational programs is under way. We are offering new degree programs and updating existing ones, developing innovative curricula with a greater emphasis on practical skill-building, and making changes that will encourage diversity in the personal and professional backgrounds of our students. We are building new, flexible classrooms for team-based learning. And we are continuing to expand opportunities for case-based instruction, fieldwork, and technology-enhanced education for students in many of our programs.
Within and beyond our walls, we continue to focus on 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. These threats represent a clarion call to the entire public health community, and I am gratified that with the help of our many friends and supporters, we are responding to this call and making a real difference in the lives of people around the world. From genetic detective work that provided critical early insight into the spread of Ebola in West Africa, to humanitarian fieldwork after the earthquakes in Nepal, to breakthroughs in our understanding of the human microbiome, to new findings on how to get schoolchildren to make healthier meal choices, Harvard Chan faculty, alumni, and students are tackling big challenges and improving lives.
As always, an investment in the people, ideas, and infrastructure of the Harvard Chan School has immediate effects both here at home and across the globe, 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 continue to 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 everyone.
This site describes 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.
Acting Dean of the Faculty
Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health