Topic: health systems

Student profile: Imran Mahmud, MPH '14

Q: Why did you choose HSPH? A: I initially applied to HSPH and the Hopkins MPH programs. Funding was not a problem for me as I am supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. I chose to accept the offer of the MPH at…

Hard truths about dying

Sherwin Nuland, author of the 1994 best-selling book How We Die, passed away on March 5, 2014 at age 83. Harvard School of Public Health Professor Atul Gawande, spoke with NPR about reading Nuland’s book as a medical student. While Gawande’s teachers…

Cutting health costs

Benjamin Sommers, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics, discusses the necessity of cutting health costs and slowing the rate of health cost growth in the U.S. September 28, 2010 (5:35) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in…

Working the system

[ Fall 2012 ] As director of the second-largest health department in Washington State, Anthony Chen, MPH ’06, tackles all the issues—from infections to inequities—that shape people’s health. The elderly Taiwanese man had been Anthony Chen’s patient for years. When the patient…

Fighters for equity

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Tackling two-tier health care With the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965, the United States began its first large-scale experiment with a formal national health system. Almost overnight, it began subsidizing medical care for the…

A launchpad for leaders

[ Fall 2011 ] When Roy Wade was a medical resident at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, one patient in the pediatric clinic he was working in really stuck with him: a 16-year-old girl with a deeply troubled history of depression and…

Dr. Ruiz goes to Washington

[ Spring 2013 ] From California’s impoverished Coachella Valley to HSPH to Capitol Hill When Raul Ruiz was growing up in California’s Coachella Valley, his parents—both migrant farm workers—couldn’t afford health insurance, so they relied on home remedies and nutritious meals to stay healthy.…

Working the (health) system

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] A standard medical test that could have been done for a tenth of the cost. A doctor’s momentary lapse in attention that led to grievous injury—or even death. An upside-down health care bureaucracy that makes poor patients pay…