For Alumni

Even though you have graduated, the BPH program strives to have an active alumni community as graduates provide a valuable resource of knowledge and insight to all of our current students. Advice from graduates cover a wide range of topics and issues facing the public health realm. Some of which include:


Advice about working in developing countries from Dr. Thumbi Ndung’u (2001 BPH graduate):

  • Develop an expertise/niche but be willing to “multi-task” (not just be a specialist in one field)
  • Infrastructure is critical for success and success is critical to obtain additional support and funding
  • Seek collaborators and mentors
  • Be tenacious
  • Scientists need to be actively engaged in social issues and able to communicate the relevancy of their work

Advice from Dr. Carmen Marsit (2004 BPH graduate):

  • Flexibility: Think of all the options. Keep paths as open as possible; don’t corner yourself
  • Get quantitative skills: Big data exists; it’s everywhere
  • Learn funding skills: Entrepreneurial aspects – advertise/sell yourself
  • Learn to collaborate: You will have to work with people throughout your career. This is an important skill to have.

Below are links that many of our alumni might find useful. Be sure to check our Events page to keep up to date on the latest happenings!

Alumni Communities:

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Community

GSAS Alumni Services

Harvard Alumni Association

Career Services & Networking

BPH Alumni & Current Student LinkedIn Page

Harvard Alumni Directory

HSPH Career Advancement

FAS Career Services

BPH Facebook Page 

Career Blogs:

“How to double your Linkedin profile views”

“31 Tips for Your 2019 Job Search (from the pros)”

Other Resources:

Colloquy: The GSAS Alumni Magazine

Theses and Dissertations

Want to read your dissertation?  Want to see what someone in your cohort wrote?  Click here to search the GSAS database of BPH dissertations.

Alumni Outcomes

Learn about where BPH alumni are employed post-graduation (click on the GSAS PhD outcomes): Graduate Employment Outcomes