The population served by those who work in the field of Public Health has no boundaries. Public Health research and implementation affects people of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities and economic status. The Epidemiology Department recognizes this fact and understands that the effectiveness of our work is enhanced when our departmental population more closely resembles the diverse, global population. Further, we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community, and we hereby affirm our promise to provide a welcoming place for one and all.

The Epidemiology Department has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote diversity within the department. The Summer Program in Epidemiology provides opportunities for talented undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to gain exposure to the field of public health through coursework, lectures, and research projects. The participating students spend 4 weeks during the summer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They are paid a stipend and housing is provided.

In partnership with the Office of Diversity the Epidemiology Department employs a Student Ambassador. Our Student Ambassador for 2014-2015 is Erin Comerford. The mission of the Student Ambassadors is to promote diversity and community within HSPH as well as develop and participate in specific projects. More information about the Student Ambassador Program can be found on the Office of Diversity website.

Two Epidemiology faculty members, Marc Weisskopf and Walter Willett, participate in the Faculty Ambassador program which partners Harvard’s Chan School faculty with key faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as top Minority-Serving Institutions. More information about the Faculty Ambassador Program can be found on the Office of Diversity website.