The Harvard School of Public Health and Office of the Dean has been pleased to present the following symposia since 2009.


  • 2013: To celebrate HSPH’s Centennial and look ahead to the future of public health education, HSPH convened The Second Century Symposium on November 1, 2013.
  • 2011: To commemorate the 30th anniversary of AIDS, Harvard University convened a major international symposium AIDS@30 that took place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Several hundred global health leaders, elected officials, scientists, artists and activists gathered to reflect on what we have learned from AIDS and how to apply those lessons towards ending the epidemic. The two-day event, hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health, began on December 1, World AIDS Day 2011.  The conversation will continue into 2012; visit the website AIDS@30 to learn more.
  • 2010: Members of the global independent Commission for Education of Health Professionals in the 21st Century, educators, scientists, and researchers gathered at the symposium, Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems in an Interdependent World,  to present and discuss the final report of the Commission addressing new contexts and challenges for the education of  health professionals. Through panels, participants examined research priorities, institutional architecture, capacity development, and financing at both global and national levels.
    Event website:
    Health Professionals for New Century, November 30 – December 1, 2010
    Current Commission website:
  • 2009: An international conference, Breast Cancer in the Developing World: Meeting the Unforeseen Challenge to Women, Health and Equity was presented to bring together delegates from around the world for the purpose of developing an action and research agenda to meet the challenge of breast cancer in developing countries, with a focus on promoting the rights and health of women and strengthening health systems.