Welcome from Dean Michelle Williams

Headshot of Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle WilliamsThe Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is a unique and exciting academic community made up of world-renowned faculty, prominent researchers, and—most important of all—dedicated students like you.

A commitment to community is at the heart of our School. Whether your interests lie in the laboratory sciences, social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, or health policy, as a student at the Harvard Chan School you will enjoy a rewarding educational experience enriched by collaboration with peers and mentors from an extraordinary range of personal and professional backgrounds. You will form lifelong connections with classmates and teachers from across the United States and around the world. And you will gain the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience you need to prepare for a career that makes a real difference to the health and well-being of people on a population scale.

I am proud to be the product of a Harvard Chan School education myself. I came to this School more than 30 years ago as a master’s student and stayed on to earn my doctorate. After many years as a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health, I came back to the Harvard Chan School as a professor, researcher, and chair of the Department of Epidemiology. I was honored to be named Dean in February 2016, and I am here today because I believe this is the best school of public health in the world, with unmatched potential to change the global health landscape.

Our community is passionate about improving the lives and health of people everywhere. If you are, too, a Harvard Chan School education can help you become the kind of public health professional and leader you want to be.

I encourage you to explore the many degree programs and nondegree options here, and I invite you to join this remarkable community.


Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91
Dean of the Faculty
Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School