Orientation Schedules

The schedule is subject to change.  While we do not anticipate major changes to dates or times of orientation sessions, we recommend that you check back frequently for updated information.  Students will receive a final orienation schedule upon Check-In on August 24.

In addition to the traditional orientation activities and programs, we are very excited to bring you some engaging sessions focused on important Public Health topics.  These include:

1)  Fundamental Concepts of Public Health, a mini-course taught by Dean Julio Frenk and Professor Sue Goldie

Course Information, including the pre-reading can be found  here.

2)  Harvard Chan Common Reading: Covering

A Discussion with Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law (and Harvard University Board of Overseers).  Facilitated by Meredith Rosenthal, Professor of Health Economics and Policy, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Session Description

Efforts to increase diversity and expand the rights of people in our society who face structural barriers to fulfilling their human potential have focused on opening doors and eliminating legal and other obstacles to participation (in education, marriage, etc.). Less visible are the barriers to living authentically in a society for people with one or more identities that are not part of the dominant culture. In this session, we will explore the idea of “covering” – the conscious or unconscious act of blending in despite surface level acceptance of differences. Through reflection and discussion we will identify the ways in which covering occurs in our community, its importance for individual and collective wellbeing, and implications for public health. Finally, we will develop strategies for uncovering our own and others’ authentic beings and expressions.

Learning Objectives

  • Through self-reflection, identify the ways in which each participant hides aspects of our identity from others.
  • Identify structures, cultural norms, and behaviors in our community that reinforce covering.
  • Analyze the ways in which covering may have implications for public health teaching, research, and intervention.
  • Develop a set of proposed policies and practices that will support authenticity in our community and the settings in which we work in public health.

 3) Analyzing Public Health for Identity and Strategy 

Instructor:  Jesse B. Bump, Lecturer on Global Health Policy, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Session Description

Achievements in public health rank among humanity’s greatest feats and are crucial underpinnings of societal advancement. This session uses historical perspective to illustrate problems and innovations that constitute the core traditions in public health. It discusses people and ideas associated with important advances to elucidate the intellectual heritage of public health and define its dominant approaches. Historical analysis is then employed to illuminate the strengths and limitations of these methods. A synthesis of these elements informs an interactive discussion of future challenges, personal objectives, and advances that will be required to safeguard health in the 21st century.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the forces that shaped modern public health, including the problems generated by urbanization and industrialization.
  • Identify important figures and major advances in the history of public health to understand the identity of the field.
  • Evaluate the primary approaches of public health in historical context, including the use of state regulation and strategies based on theories of disease causality and transmission.
  • Analyze why these ideas have prevailed, how they have succeeded in the past, and how they face limits in the future.
  • Internalize the goals and values of public health, and join its traditions.
  • Drawing on historical perspective, refine personal objectives.