Topic: alumni stories

When engineering met public health

People often ask Victoria Fan, SM ’08, SD ’11, how she ended up in public health after completing undergraduate studies in engineering at MIT. As she sees it, the trajectory is a natural one, rooted in history. In a piece published on…

HSPH edX courses help train workers in India

Workers at Piramal Life Sciences—a Mumbai, India-based company that develops pharmaceuticals and medical devices—are among the first at a corporation to sign up for Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) courses offered through edX, the online course platform founded by Harvard University…

HSPH alumna named HIV/AIDS Envoy to UN Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumna Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. A surgeon who has played a key role in both public health and politics in Africa, Wandira-Kasibwe, SD…

Alumnus Donald Hopkins works to end the scourge of Guinea worm

A New York Times profile of HSPH alumnus Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, describes his impressive efforts to battle Guinea worm disease and his prior involvement with the eradication of smallpox. Former deputy director and acting director of the Centers for Disease Control…