Topic: North America

Adding wellness training to medical education

Just as large numbers of physicians in the 1970s quit smoking and counseled their patients to do the same, health care providers can help stem the tide of obesity and its related diseases by acting as role models and wellness counselors for…

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.…

Q&A: The science of irrationality

[ Spring 2013 ] Why we act against our own best interests Human beings act irrationally. This long-established observation, corroborated now by the burgeoning field of behavioral economics—which studies the influence of social, cognitive and emotional forces on our choices and decisions—holds great potential…

Lucian Leape, patient safety champion, honored at retirement symposium

September 15, 2015 — Colleagues, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the career and legacy of Lucian Leape, adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, at a retirement symposium held September…

Your phone knows how you feel

[Spring 2015] [August 2015: Watch a TV interview with JP Onnela] Scientists are using cellphone data to track everything from depression and mood disorders to crowd behavior. On a difficult day, the patient’s data stream includes very few pings. Her GPS sensor shows…

Toe to toe

[Fall 2015] In a groundbreaking new course, students at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Business School square off over corporate regulation—and find common ground Whether it’s a cruise ship line, pharmaceutical company, garment factory—or even a purveyor of e-cigarettes—“every company is…

Building safer construction sites

[Fall 2015] Emily Sparer may be the first Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student to have construction workers cheering her on at her dissertation defense. Sparer, who graduated in May with an SD in occupational safety and ergonomics, developed a…

Fong Clow Doctoral Fellowship Fund

The path from a rice field in China—where Fong Clow, SM ’86, SD ’89, worked during the Cultural Revolution—to Harvard University was not a common one. But thanks to some prior medical training, a rare gift for mathematics, and an even rarer…

Short lunch periods in schools linked with less healthy eating

For immediate release: September 11, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Students with less than 20 minutes to eat school lunches consume significantly less of their entrées, milk, and vegetables than those who aren’t as rushed, according to a new study from Harvard T.H.…