Amidst last week’s Centennial festivities came publication of a special double issue of Harvard Public Health magazine, to chronicle the myriad triumphs of the School’s first 100 years—from beating back killer diseases to vanquishing environmental threats to improving global health systems to fighting poverty and violence in the world’s poorest places.
The issue—which carries the title “Celebrating Our First Century”—also describes how HSPH has long been in the vanguard of progressive change within Harvard University. Among our accomplishments: Graduating the first woman ever to receive a Harvard credential on the same terms as men (Linda Frances James, who received her certificate in public health in 1917) and appointing Harvard University’s first female professor (Alice Hamilton, an industrial hygiene pioneer who joined Harvard’s public health and medical faculties in 1919). More recently, HSPH has been playing an outsize role in HarvardX, the University’s global online learning initiative.
Jam-packed with photos, statistics, and stories, this special issue is a close-up look at the hundreds of ways HSPH has made—and continues to make—the world a better place. If you’re on campus, pick up an issue from one of the piles displayed around the School, or check out the online version, newly posted here.
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