Impact Stories

Browse recent stories about Harvard Chan School donors, what’s important to them, and updates on the impact they make possible.

Scaling Up Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Andrew Morris-Singer, MD ’07, and his husband Corey Morris-Singer, PhD ’12, and helping two centers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with key roles in confronting COVID-19 scale up their operations.

A Footprint in India

India—a study in contrasts with a population of 1.3 billion people—is a compelling place to carry out public health interventions and research. While key health indicators such as life expectancy have improved, India is also home to one-third…

A Doctorate with Lofty Goals

Training in leadership, management, communications, and innovative thinking—and advanced education in public health—are the hallmarks of Harvard Chan School’s four-year-old doctor of public health (DrPH) degree. The lofty goal of the program, with 33 graduates to date, is…

Harnessing Big Data

Medicine and public health are constantly evolving as research and technology open the doors to new ways to treat or prevent diseases. Randomized trials are the best way to assess what works. But when that’s not possible, people…

Boosting Service Learning

Students spend hours in class, doing homework assignments, analyzing samples or crunching data sets—work that can seem removed from the people they hope to help. Service learning helps fill that gap. Education, deep cross-cultural exposure, hands-on experience, and…

Understanding Chronic Metabolic Diseases

The increased global incidence of chronic metabolic diseases—including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and liver diseases—has become one of the greatest global health threats of the 21st century. To tackle this crisis, Murat Ülker, a leading entrepreneur in Istanbul,…

The Center of Happiness

Most public health research focuses on the underlying causes of death and disease. But at the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard Chan School, researchers focus on the opposite: the positive factors that…

Coronavirus Update: Harvard Chan Coronavirus Website

March 9, 2020 Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community, As the coronavirus continues to spread, I know that many of you, as do I, have plenty of questions and concerns. We will continue to provide regular…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 2, 2020 Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community, As most of you are aware, the coronavirus continues to spread. In the U.S., Washington state has recorded six COVID-19 deaths as of today and, closer to…

Advanced Leadership Initiative: Designing for Real User Needs

Harvard created the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) to unleash the potential of experienced individuals exercising leadership across the world to help solve society’s most pressing challenges. Over the years, faculty from across Harvard’s professional schools have joined forces…

Giving leaders flexibility

“After serving on a volunteer alumni advisory council at the School, I came to appreciate how much HSPH depends on alumni support. Having been fortunate enough to enjoy some success in starting my own clinics, I wanted to…

Timely and critical to our work

“For seven years, we have been losing honeybee populations at an alarming rate, but until 2012, no one could say why. That’s when we published a paper tracing this loss to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids. As…

Prevention is the smart way to go

"Everyone should be able to enjoy healthy, prosperous, vibrant communities and neighborhoods. Plus, when communities are strong, businesses are strong. It all cycles together. We can’t have a strong economy without a healthy population. “This is why we…

Leonid Sergius Snegireff Fellowship

“My father, Leonid Snegireff, MD, earned both his master’s degree (in 1939) and doctorate (in 1942) at the School of Public Health, and he later became a professor there. He was one of the first scientists to link…

Improvements in health for everyone

"I became passionate about maternal health during my obstetrics and gynecology rotation at Muhimbili National Hospital, the largest hospital in Tanzania. Seeing mothers suffering and even dying due to preventable pregnancy complications was heartbreaking. Why should women just die…