A message from Dean Michelle A. Williams

Portrait of Dean Williams
Ben Gebo / Harvard Chan

It is no exaggeration to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of our lives. Worldwide cases are in the millions, with hundreds of thousands of deaths. The economic impact is unprecedented in scale and scope. We still have no definitive treatment to fight the virus. And a viable vaccine is months if not years away.

Harvard Chan experts are at the forefront of the global effort to ameliorate this crisis — researching prevention and mitigation, taking care of patients, volunteering in local communities, and sharing their knowledge through the media. This website is meant to serve as an additional resource to help advance understanding of the virus and better inform the larger response.

There is no coming back from this crisis — we can only move through it. It will take rigorous scientific research combined with millions of everyday actions to win the day. But the vitality of our work could not be more evident. I remain proud and humbled by the powerful learning and action coming out of our School, all in the name of protecting the health of the public during a time of unprecedented urgency.

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