Each year several awards are presented to graduating students, faculty, and staff at the Harvard School of Public Health. The criteria and nomination processes vary. Please visit each award for more information.


Albert Schweitzer Award

A certificate to one or more graduating students whose past work and current activities exemplify a reverence for life and who have sought, as expressed by Schweitzer, “to make my life my argument.”

Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award

Awarded each year to an outstanding graduating student at HSPH who is dedicated to promoting the health of vulnerable people.

Edgar Haber Award

Presented annually to one graduating Ph.D. or S.D. student in the Division of Biological Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Gareth M. Green Award

Recognizes a student team or individual whose project in public health practice contributes to the improvement of health of a defined population and makes a significant contribution to the public health practice knowledge base.

James H. Ware Award

Awarded to a student upon graduation who has demonstrated commitment and achievement and has advanced the cause of public health practice while enrolled as a student at HSPH.

Student Recognition Award

Honors a graduating student who has demonstrated, through student activities and/or community service efforts, a commitment to leadership, volunteerism, and the highest ethical standards.

Teaching Assistant Award

A certificate to the graduating student voted by his or her fellow students to have been the best teaching assistant of the year.

Uwe Brinkmann Memorial Travel Award

Awarded each year to an outstanding doctoral student conducting field research in international health epidemiology.


Roger L. Nichols Excellence in Teaching Award

This award is intended to enhance the quality of education in public health by honoring outstanding achievement in teaching at the Harvard School of Public Health. The award shall recognize excellence in classroom instruction, capacity to inspire students and dedication to teaching. Members of the Faculty whose principal employment and primary academic affiliation is the School of Public Health are eligible for the award.

Teaching Citations

The HSPH teaching and mentoring awards are based on student feedback, through course evaluation questions that focus on quality of teaching and effectiveness in class for teaching awards, and through student nominations and committee vote for a faculty member who has enriched students’ academic, professional, or personal development for the mentoring award.

Mentoring Awards

Awarded to a faculty member who has enriched your academic, professional, or personal development at HSPH.


Staff Recognition Award

Awarded to HSPH staff who have made a significant impact on the lives of students at HSPH.