Welcoming Andrea Baccarelli
Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD, has been appointed Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1, 2024. A renowned scientist and educator, Dr. Baccarelli brings together epigenetics, epidemiology, molecular biology, and social science to investigate how exposure to pollution and other environmental toxins affects health. He is currently the Leon Hess Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.
A note from Interim Dean Jane J. Kim
We are in a challenging moment for public health: The enormous gains we’ve made over the past century are threatened by forces ranging from climate change to antimicrobial resistance to the spread of disinformation.
The Harvard Chan community is more than up for the challenge.
Our faculty regularly break new ground with their research. They deliver crucial insights on the molecular, individual, and societal causes of ill health, and they develop promising solutions.
Our students hail from more than 40 countries. They are clinicians, activists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and so much more. They brim with ideas shaped by their diverse experiences.
Our alumni take on leadership roles in every sector. Our donors inspire and enable bold thinking. And we learn daily from our outstanding network of collaborators.
This incredible community—including our dedicated staff—is our greatest asset. As you engage with the Harvard Chan School, I hope you will make the most of it.
Open yourselves to conversations that challenge your assumptions. Listen to different perspectives and learn from a diverse array of colleagues and collaborators. Seek new ways to partner across disciplines, geographies, and backgrounds. It will take our collective contributions to tackle the immense challenges confronting public health.
It is a tremendous privilege to lead this community as we search for our next dean. I look forward to working together to build a healthier world.
Together, we’ll thrive.
Jane J. Kim, PhD
Interim Dean of the Faculty
Dean for Academic Affairs