Topic: alumni stories

A Healthier World: The Impact of Financial Aid

Students and alumni talk about the impact that receiving financial aid to come to Harvard School of Public Health has made on their lives. For Raphael Arku, SD ’15, it means the chance to study environmental health so that he can improve…

Cutting crime in a cocaine capital

The city of Cali, Colombia—considered the hub of the world’s cocaine industry in the 1980s—is now a safer, better place to live, even as drug gangs continue to war with each other, thanks to the efforts of Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard School…

Alumni return to campus for annual weekend

November 5, 2014 —Nearly 200 Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumni returned to the School on October 24–25 to reconnect with former classmates, network, and learn more about current research in public health. This year’s symposium focused on ways in which…

Not just hunger-free, but healthy

Alumna Cindy Leung chose HSPH for her nutrition studies so that she could help vulnerable people eat healthier food—and have healthier lives. January 24, 2013. (4:22) Please click the icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download…

Getting people the care they deserve

When alumna Bethany Holmes worked in a clinic for deaf patients, she was shocked by how few people could afford the care they need. She set out to change that. January 24, 2013. (4:40) Please click the play icon above to play…

A survivor's empathy

[ Fall 2014 ] HSPH alumna's immigrant journey inspires career transforming teens' health. Angela Diaz, MPH '02, knows what it's like to overcome nearly impossible odds—and to pay forward the hard lessons she learned along the way. She spent her childhood in extreme…

Combating Ebola by gaining trust

Mosoka Fallah, MPH ’12, who grew up in Monrovia, Liberia, has returned to the capital city to help contain the spreading Ebola epidemic. An epidemiologist and immunologist, Fallah has been systematically leading teams of volunteers through the city’s slums to identify victims,…

Public health politician

August 19, 2014 — When she was running for a seat in Japan’s house of representatives, Mayuko Toyota, SM ’02, one day found herself standing in the rain on crutches, giving a speech at a common venue for politicking in that country:…

Zip code better predictor of health than genetic code

August 4, 2014 — In St. Louis, Missouri, Delmar Boulevard marks a sharp dividing line between the poor, predominately African American neighborhood to the north and a more affluent, largely white neighborhood to the south. Education and health also follow the “Delmar…