Letter From The Dean

Dean FrenkIn 1913, a group of foresighted faculty members at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, which, as the direct precursor to the Harvard School of Public Health, played a seminal role in the formation of higher education in public health. A hundred years later, HSPH continues to lead the field with innovative approaches to educating current and future leaders and researchers in public health. One example is our Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree, which is recruiting for its inaugural class that begins in July 2014. See the DrPH website for information about this new degree program, which builds on the excellence of our MPH, SM, SD, and PhD degrees.

Across our degree programs, HSPH offers access to an unparalleled community of students, scholars, and leaders. Our students come from around the world to learn, and they find that they have a greater impact as alumni because of Harvard’s unique opportunities for learning and leadership. The intellectual interests of our faculty range from the molecular biology of vaccines to the epidemiology of cancer; from women’s and children’s health to nutritional biochemistry; from health care management to human rights. Students have the opportunity not only to take classes at the School of Public Health, but also to interact with students and faculty at other schools within Harvard University, including the Law School, Medical School, Business School, and Kennedy School of Government. This is all part of the transformative educational experience that awaits you at Harvard.

We are guided in our endeavors by the twin values of excellence and relevance. The School of Public Health is committed to making major investments in the next generation – to identify and develop new opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Our goal is to provide the highest level of education for public health practitioners, policymakers, and scientists. The departments and programs described in this catalog reflect the full scope of the public health enterprise and the expertise of our faculty, ranging across life sciences, quantitative methods, population-level analyses, and social and policy disciplines.

Over the last 100 years, public health has had a compelling effect on the duration and quality of human lives around the world. We invite you to join us in confronting challenges to health as they unfold – and in advancing the solutions that will safeguard our communities, both local and global, as we embark together on Harvard’s second century in public health education.

Best regards,
Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD
Dean of the Faculty
T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development
John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard School of Public Health