Topic: populations

Population visionary

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] When Roger Revelle took the helm of the new Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (known as the Pop Center) in 1964, he was already one of the world’s most eminent and eclectic scientists. His prominence in…

Poverty, disasters & health against all odds

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The most powerful influences on population health are not the medical interventions that diagnose and treat disease. Rather, they are the broad social forces—war or peace, poverty or financial security, political oppression or fundamental human rights—that shape all…

Improve education to boost global economy

Despite progress made in educational systems in recent decades, over 100 million children are not enrolled in primary or lower-secondary school, and many of those who do attend lack basic reading and writing skills, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Meanwhile,…

Infographic: Then and now

We've come a long way since the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers opened its doors in 1913. Have a look at the changes in the US population and its health in the last hundred years. View expanded infographic. All figures refer to…

World population to surpass 7 billion in 2011

Explosive Population Growth Means Challenges for Developing Nations For immediate release: Thursday, July 28, 2011 Boston, MA - Global population is expected to hit 7 billion later this year, up from 6 billion in 1999. Between now and 2050, an estimated 2.3…

Reclaiming childhood

Article in Harvard Magazine, November-December 2012 issue, featuring HSPH’s Theresa Betancourt

Painting a picture of older Africans

October 11, 2013 -- A large new study led by the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (the Pop Center) aims to shed light on how people in Sub-Saharan Africa are faring as they age, given that both infectious and non-infectious…