Global Leadership

Harvard Chan is a community of global leaders and renowned experts in virtually every aspect of public health. As a sought-after resource for what works in health policy and practice, the School produces visionary ideas and cost effective solutions for large scale, long-term impact.

Today, as for the past 100 years, our work continues to change the world.

  • Harvard Chan has had active research initiatives and collaborations in more than 75 countries and territories around the globe within the past few years.
  • Our alumni represent 108 countries around the world.
  • Harvard Chan graduates have led dozens of local, state, national, and international health agencies, holding posts such as director of the World Health Organization, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state surgeon general, as well as minister or secretary of health for Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Taiwan.
  • Two Harvard Chan graduates have been heads of state in their home countries.
  • Over the past three years, programs for ministerial-level leaders drew more than 30 sitting ministers of health and more than 28 current and former ministers of finance to the School for intensive training programs with senior faculty.
  • Numerous Harvard Chan faculty members are elected members of prestigious national and international organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Harvard Chan faculty and alumni have received numerous honors and major academic and research awards, including two Nobel prizes, several MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and many others.