Student Ambassador

10646854_10152741509161584_3822145215355939230_nHi! My name is Erin Comerford and I am a first-year SM2 Epidemiology student. Though originally from the Philadelphia area, I spent the last four years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina studying Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina. My designated area of interest in Epidemiology is aging. I’m particularly interested in how the global burden of chronic disease will affect developing countries, and how the health systems in developing countries are equipped to handle an aging population.  I’m thrilled to be part of the Class of 2016 at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and especially excited to be the Office of Diversity’s Student Ambassador for the Epidemiology Department and the Student Government’s Epidemiology Department Representative.

As the Student Ambassador, my overall mission is to connect students, faculty, and staff and encourage a greater sense of community within the Department of Epidemiology. In the spring, Virgie Fields and I will be coordinating the 3rd annual Youth & Public Health Conference at the Harvard Chan School, which seeks to introduce local high school students to the field of public health.

As the student government’s epidemiology representative, I invite current students to talk with me regarding any questions, ideas, and concerns that arise about the department. I am a student advocate for your success in the program!

With that said, please feel free to reach me at