Topic: alumni stories

A picture of health

[Spring 2015] Alumna’s instructional videos transform frontline health care globally In rural South Sudan, the population barely tops four people per square mile. Vehicles are a rarity. And when night falls, a limitless silence descends. Despite this isolation, Deborah Van Dyke, MPH…

Q&A: A public health lens on police-associated violence

[Spring 2015] In 2014, the police killings of three unarmed African-American males—Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; and Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio— sparked a national conversation on police brutality and on endemic racism in U.S. society.…

Monica Bharel, MPH ’12, named Mass. health commissioner

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has named Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumna Monica Bharel, MPH ’12, as the new head of the state’s Department of Public Health. Bharel currently is chief medical officer at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless…

Alumni tackle health disparities

April 2, 2015 —Chicago physicians Cheryl Whitaker, MPH ’94, and husband Eric Whitaker, MPH ’93, recently returned to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to discuss how their time at the School helped shape their careers,  and to inspire students to…

Coping during the Ebola epidemic—and beyond

March 31, 2015 -- Epidemiologist and infectious disease immunologist Mosoka Fallah, MPH ’12, has been on the front lines for many months in his native Liberia battling the Ebola epidemic, which began in December 2013 and spread through several West African countries.…

Childhood trauma’s devastating impact on health

Exposure to trauma during childhood can dramatically increase people’s risk for 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the U.S.—including high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer—and it’s crucial to address this public health crisis, according to Harvard…

Harvard Public Health: Winter 2015

In this issue A gift unsolicited, unrestricted, and unexpected Gerald L. Chan, SM '75, SD '79 Address to the alumni of Harvard School of Public Health October 25, 2014 Also in this issue Dean's message: Harvard's public health moment The act of generosity…

Fighting to end polio in Syria

After helping bring international attention to an emerging polio epidemic in Syria, Annie Sparrow, MPH '04, has been working for the past year to help the country’s medical workers learn to diagnose and treat the disease. An Australian-born physician and professor of…

2014 Alumni Awards

[ Winter 2015 ] Four outstanding individuals nominated by their peers received the School’s highest alumni honor at this year’s Alumni Award of Merit Dinner held on October 25, 2014. Robert Emmet Morris, MPH ’86 Robert Morris has devoted over 40 years…