Tag Archives: education

Novel use of genetic variants may shed light on link between education level & dementia in older age

74907741_c2d59deb64_oA study published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology by Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers including Ichiro Kawachi, Sze Yan Liu, and Maria Glymour introduces the use of genetic variants as instruments to help identify the causal effect of educational attainment on dementia risk. The study, based on instrumental variable (IV) analyses, suggests education is protective against risk of dementia in older adulthood. Photo credit: dcJohn

Universal education in Uganda and its impact on HIV stigma

AlexanderAtheendar Venkataramani and Alexander Tsai Tsai and Atheendar Venkataramani have co-authored a study in Social Science and Medicine examining the causal effect of education on HIV stigma in Uganda. The study found that negative attitudes about HIV were as prevalent among younger people as among older, despite the younger people having received additional schooling (as a result of a 1997 policy that mandated universal primary education in Uganda).

More years of secondary schooling, particularly for women, reduces HIV risk in Botswana

Fink_SubuA study published in the Lancet Global Health authored by Harvard Pop Center faculty members Gunther Fink, PhD, and S “Subu” V Subramanian, PhD, and colleagues, suggests that secondary schooling could be a cost-effective HIV prevention measure in HIV-endemic settings. Read more in this Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health press release.

Could targeting reading comprehension help to mediate inverse relationship between education and coronary heart disease?

kawachiHarvard Pop Center affiliated faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, and Laura Kubzansky, PhD, and former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Arijit Nandi, PhD, have published a study in Health Education & Behavior that is aimed at improving the understanding of the inverse relationship between education and coronary heart disease by looking more closely at factors such as literacy, depressive symptoms, and perceived constraint.

The protective effect of education for cohorts graduating in bad times

educationTiming is everything. A study by David Cutler confirms that graduates who enter the labor market during bad economic times experience lower income, lower life satisfaction, greater obesity, more smoking and drinking later in life. The study also noted that education plays a protective role for these outcomes, as educated individuals, even when entering the market at times of high unemployment, have a much lower incidence of these outcomes than their uneducated counterparts. The study was published in Social Science and Medicine. 

Having Better-Educated Offspring May Add Years to Parents’ Lives

friedmanHarvard RWJF HSS Alum Esther Friedman, PhD, has co-authored a study that suggests that making an investment in children’s higher education may have a big payoff for parents’ lifespan. The study has received media coverage, including this article in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, and this piece in Yahoo News.

Thurston’s findings stress importance of targeting economically disadvantaged women in fight against heart disease

Rebecca Thurston, former RWJF scholar at the Pop Center, has co-authored a study recently published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, on the link between consistently low socioeconomic status in midlife and heart disease later in life.

Save the Date: June 14, 2013

David Canning, Pop Center Associate Director, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Economics and International Health, will be a panelist at the HSPH Forum on Girls’ Health and Education: Igniting Change Worldwide presented in partnership with Vulcan Productions.

When: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Where: The Leadership Studio, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
RSVP to: theforum@hsph.harvard.edu
Watch at: www.ForumHSPH.org

Research suggests that educating girls and women safeguards their well-being, ensures healthy future generations, alleviates poverty, and boosts GDP. Yet alarming discrepancies persist between genders and within and among nations on who receives quality, sustained education and, consequently, who experiences the most opportunities to thrive. This Forum event will examine the sources of these discrepancies, including entrenched biases and predatory acts such as trafficking, and will review efforts to raise up the world’s girls through health and education. This event is presented in partnership with Vulcan Productions, a founding partner of the 10×10 global action campaign centered on the new film Girl Rising. The broadcast version of the film will air on CNN Films on June 16.


  • Richard Robbins, Director of Girl Rising and Academy Award Nominee
  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH); Jeremiah Smith Jr Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School; and University Advisor on Human Rights to the Provost at Harvard University
  • Alicia Yamin, Director, Program on Health Rights of Women and Children,
    Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Former Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights
  • David Canning, Associate Director Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; Professor of Population Science and Professor of Economics and International Health, HSPH


Email questions for the expert participants any time before or during the live webcast to: the forum@hsph.harvard.edu.  The Forum will accommodate as many questions as we can from the online and in-person audiences.

Submit your questions to the Community Discussion page.


Join the live comments, which will be featured on The Forum’s Girls’ Health and Education: Igniting Change Worldwide web page.

We will also be live-tweeting from @ForumHSPH
Tweet your questions and comments using the hash tag #girlshealtheducation.