Session Descriptions

MONDAY AUGUST 26 WELCOME TO HSPH 

8-9:30 Check in – Cohorts A, C, E Kresge Cafeteria
Registration begins at the CHECK-IN STATION located in the Kresge Cafeteria. There you will be given registration materials and be directed to specific stations, depending on your registration status.

10-11:30 Check in – Cohorts B, D, F Kresge Cafeteria

9-1 Campus Tours Kresge Atrium
Students and Alumni from the Student Welcoming Committee will lead tours of the campus starting at the Dean’s Gallery in the Kresge Atrium.

10-10:30 Reducing Injury and Violence: The Public Health Approach Kresge G-1

10:30-11 Can We Stop Drug Resistant TB? Kresge G-1

11-11:30 Maternal and Child Health Kresge G-1

11:30-12 Health Inequities: An Ecosocial Perspective Kresge G-1

12-12:45 The Continuing Debate Over Health Reform in the U. S. Kresge G-1
This series of very brief presentations by some of our outstanding faculty introduces you to the very diverse, exciting  and highly interdisciplinary field of public health. We hope you will be able to attend some or all of these talks, however, given time constraints and the many competing events of this busy first day, we understand that you may only be able to attend a select few presentations.  Please come to those talks that fit your schedule and remember this is only the first part of a very busy and challenging year.  These faculty will introduce you new ideas and new ways to think as they introduce you their special area of public health.

1-2 LUNCH

2-4 Welcome Address & Keynote Speaker Kresge Cafeteria
Dean Julio Frenk welcomes you to HSPH. You will also hear from Student Government President, German Orrego and Stan Hudson, Associate Dean for Student Services. Professor John McDonough, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership and Ian Lapp, Associate Dean for Strategic Educational Initiatives will deliver this year’s keynote address.

4-5 Introduction to the US Healthcare System Kresge G-1
Everything you want to know about the US. health care system … but might be afraid to ask. Please join Nancy Turnbull for an interactive session designed to provide a very basic overview of the US health care system. This session is open to the entire community, but will be most helpful for students who are not familiar with the US system.

5-6 Family Social for students with children and spouses/partners
RSVP: http://bit.ly/familysocial

6-8 Resource Fair Kresge Cafeteria
Representatives from various Harvard and HSPH organizations and services will be available to share information regarding key resources for new students.

TUESDAY AUGUST 27 YOUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM – WHAT’S NEXT?

7-9 Math Review I Kresge G-1
The Math Review is a non-credit optional mathematics refresher workshop offered during Orientation. The workshop consists of four on-campus lectures as well as self-instructional web review content. Students with an admission contingency must attend all four sessions.

9-10 Core Course Guidance Panel Kresge G-1
This session provides students with an overview of core course requirements. Information will be presented by faculty from the following departments: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, Global Health and Population and Society, Human Development and Health.

10-11 Cross Registration Information Session Kresge G-1
Attend this session to learn how to navigate the system and cross register for courses at other Harvard schools, MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft’s University.

11-12 Billing, Loans, & Budgeting for Domestic Students Kresge G-1
MANDATORY FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS
Kathy Austin from Student Financial Services provides an overview of HSPH’s billing policies, critical timelines during the academic year, terms and conditions of federal student loans, and student budgeting. This session is geared towards domestic students.

11-12 Billing, Loans, & Budgeting for International Students Kresge G-2 & 3
MANDATORY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Stephanie Hunt from Student Financial Services provides an overview to HSPH’s billing policies, critical timelines during the academic year, terms and conditions of private student loans and student budgeting.

12-1 LUNCH

12-5 Department and MPH Concentration Meetings
Various Locations See separate schedule for details

5-6 Doctoral Student Panel Kresge G-2
For doctoral students; this panel of current and former HSPH doctoral students will discuss their educational experiences while at Harvard, from choosing courses to faculty mentoring to the dissertation defense.

6-7:30 Advice from Public Health Experts Kresge Cafeteria
Public health professionals who are HSPH alumni and who serve as Career Coaches will each host a round table discussion. They will present an overview of their career path and will answer students’ questions on the skills, experience and training necessary to succeed in their chosen field. Participants will rotate every 20 minutes to a new table where they will meet with a different Career Coach. Students will be able to meet with three Coaches during the program.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28 PUBLIC HEALTH IN ACTION

7-9 Math Review II Kresge G-1

9:30-12 Practicing Public Health – Cohorts B, D, F Kresge Cafeteria
Discuss salient issues in the field of public health with your peers and experts in the field. HSPH faculty and alumni will guide you through interactive discussion modules based on their work in teaching, research, practice, and field work to highlight fundamental concepts. Presenters: Barry Dorn, Miriam Aschkenazy and Bill Bean.

10-11.30 Case Method Workshop – Cohort A Kresge 502
Nancy Kane will lead this interactive seminar to familiarize students with the case method approach to reviewing complex problems/business concerns.
10-11.30 Case Method Workshop – Cohort C Kresge G-2
Laurie Pascal will lead this interactive seminar to familiarize students with the case method approach to reviewing complex problems/business concerns.
10-11.30 Case Method Workshop – Cohort E Kresge G-3
Ian Lapp will lead this interactive seminar to familiarize students with the case method approach to reviewing complex problems/business concerns.

12-1 LUNCH

12-1 Meeting for New Doctoral Students Kresge G-1
Joann Wilson-Singleton, Registrar will provide important information regarding doctoral programs at HSPH and outline the timetable to which doctoral students must adhere.

1-3.30 Practicing Public Health – Cohorts A, C, E Kresge Cafeteria

1-2.30 Case Method Workshop – Cohort B Kresge 502
Nancy Kane will lead this interactive seminar to familiarize students with the case method approach to reviewing complex problems/business concerns.

1-2.30 Case Method Workshop – Cohort D Kresge G-2
Laurie Pascal will lead this interactive seminar to familiarize students with the case method approach to reviewing complex problems/business concerns.

1-2.30 Case Method Workshop – Cohort F Kresge G-3
Ian Lapp will lead this interactive seminar to familiarize students with the case method approach to reviewing complex problems/business concerns.

3.30-4.30 Introduction to Accounting Kresge 502
This is an introduction to the basics of accounting which will be explored further in HPM 219. It is not required, but may be helpful for those with no accounting background.

3.30-4.30 Information Session: Student Computing & Access 3 Kresge LL-6
Hands-on introduction to student computing at HSPH. Topics include: logging in, saving and printing your work, software overview, course websites, myHsph, email, and how to get help with statistical computing.

3.30-4.30 Information Session: STATA 3 Kresge 213
STATA is the primary statistical software package used in the introductory Biostatistics courses (BIO200 and BIO201), and is used in some other courses at HSPH as well. The session instructor will cover the same STATA topics covered in the on-line tutorial. Students comfortable with the on-line tutorial do not need to attend the review  session. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/biostats/courses/STATA/stata_tutorial.html

3.30-4.30 Information Session: A Practical Guide to Countway Digital Library 3 FXB G-12
The Countway Library provides access to the Harvard Libraries’ Catalog (HOLLIS), online databases, electronic journals and books, and a variety of services via their web site. Learn how to take advantage of these resources in this introductory session. Special brown bag lunch seminars and our consultation service will also be discussed.

7:00PM MFA Group Outing
FREE with Student ID The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.

7:00PM Red Sox Game
@ 7:00 PM (Ticket required) SOLD OUT

THURSDAY AUGUST 29 GLOBAL HSPH

7-9 Math Review III Kresge G-1

9-10 Registration Tips Kresge G-1
Meet with the Registrar’s Office team for an overview of registering for HSPH courses.  Have your questions on wait listing, grading options, deadlines and HSPH terminology and policies answered.

9-10 Information Session: Student Computing & Access 3 Kresge LL-6
Hands-on introduction to student computing at HSPH. Topics include: logging in, saving and printing your work, software overview, course websites, myHsph, email, and how to get help with statistical computing.

10-11 The Global Student – Wafaie Fawzie and David Hunter Kresge G-1
Welcome Address by Professor Wafaie Fawzi, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, and Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health, Chair, Department of Global Health and Population.

11-12 Information Session: Understanding your Harvard University Student Health Plan Kresge G-1
Join Dr. Peter Massicott and members of the university’s health services team as they explain their role in helping you maintain your health and well-being at HSPH

12-1 Information Session: Harvard International Office Kresge G-1
MANDATORY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
. Harvard International Office (HIO) provides an overview of services offered and immigration policies as they apply to HSPH international students.  Topics include understanding your documents, travel regulations, employment, taxes, social security numbers and more.

12-1 LUNCH

1-2.30 The Global Classroom Kresge Cafeteria
A lively interactive session which introduces you to international students and faculty and provides you with an opportunity to ask key questions about the student environment at HSPH. Recommended for International Students but all students welcome.

3-5 The Global Community at HSPH, Getting to know yourself and Each Other Kresge Cafeteria
Continuing with the Welcome themes of leadership and dreams, become better acquainted with other members of your class as you participate in learning and reflection about where you all come from, who you are now, and what your dreams are for the future.  You will have a better understanding of the richness of this HSPH class’s perspectives and dreams through experiential learning and discussion.

6-8 New Student Reception Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Dean Julio Frenk and the Office for Student Affairs cordially invite you to a reception honoring new students of the Harvard School of Public Health. Please see the invitation in your Orientation packet.

FRIDAY AUGUST 30 WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

7-9 Math Review IV Kresge G-1

10-11 Exploring Harvard Kresge G-1
Discover all that Harvard has to offer outside of HSPH. Hear from current students and alumni and learn how to explore the opportunities and resources available to you as a Harvard student.

11-12 Biking in Boston Kresge G-1
There’s no question that biking is the fastest way to get around Boston, and with the addition of bike lanes and bike sharing it’s getting easier every year! Whether you’re cautiously curious or a seasoned urban cyclist please join us for an informative session in which we will share tips, lessons learned, and attempt to answer all your questions!

12-1 LUNCH

1-2 Information Session: Student Computing & Access 3 Kresge LL-6
Hands-on introduction to student computing at HSPH. Topics include: logging in, saving and printing your work, software overview, course websites, myHsph, email, and how to get help with statistical computing. 

1-2 Information Session: STATA 3 Kresge 213
STATA is the primary statistical software package used in the introductory Biostatistics courses (BIO200 and BIO201), and is used in some other courses at HSPH as well. The session instructor will cover the same STATA topics covered in the on-line tutorial. Students comfortable with the on-line tutorial do not need to attend the review session. http://www.biostat.harvard.edu/courses/STATA/stata%20tutorial.html

1-2 Information Session: A Practical Guide to Countway Digital Library 3 FXB G-12
The Countway Library provides access to the Harvard Libraries’ Catalog (HOLLIS), online databases, electronic journals and books, and a variety of services via their web site. Learn how to take advantage of these resources in this introductory session. Special brown bag lunch seminars and our consultation service will also be discussed.

2 Safari Walk FREE

3 SkyWalk Observatory
$13 with Student ID Visit the Skywalk Observatory, Boston’s only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond.Audio tour available in English, French Canadian and Japanese. You will have to purchase a ticket on site

3 Freedom Trail
FREE The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.

3 Mapparium
$4 with Student ID The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

3 Public Health Trail
FREE Explore the Freedom trail with a Public Health emphasis, join this tour showcasing places of interest in both early public health history and contemporary practice. Massachusetts has an impressive history of public health that includes the creation of the Boston Board of Health in 1799 with Paul Revere as its first president.

4 Tour of Harvard Yard FREE

4 Boston Women’s Heritage Trail
FREE The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) has worked to restore women to their rightful place in the history of Boston and in the school curriculum by uncovering, chronicling, and disseminating information about the women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.

4:45 Boston Duck Tour
The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more.