Research Initiatives and Centers


The Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Global Health Institute, as well as other schools and departments at the University, have developed a network to coordinate activities under the rubric of a new initiative: GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard. The goal of the new initiative is to foster a collaborative and multi-disciplinary community at Harvard dedicated to transforming mental health of the world’s population through education, research, innovation, and engagement. Our overarching objective is to vitalize a community of students and faculty within Harvard who are passionate about promoting a broad perspective on mental health as a fundamental public good and a universal human right. Through a combination of teaching, networking of students and faculty, collaborative research, and engagement with other institutions, innovators and communities with shared interests and values in global settings, we seek to build the capacity of future generations of scholars in this field. Click here to visit website.
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Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a University-wide academic and research center in humanitarian crisis and leadership supported by Harvard University’s Office of the Provost and based at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is to conduct research and education on the practice of relieving human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. Click here to visit the website.

HPACC: GHP Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are now the leading cause of death and disability in most low- and middle-income countries. To address this global health challenge, researchers from the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have launched the GHP Project on Access to Care for Cardiometabolic Diseases (HPACC).  HPACC is a growing collaboration between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Göttingen, the Heidelberg Institute of Public Health, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the George Institute, and researchers from over 20 other countries.  Click here to visit the website.

HQSS Commission

The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission) is a group of 30 academics, policymakers, and health system stakeholders from 18 countries. The focus of the HQSS Commission is health system quality in low- and middle-income countries. By providing evidence on what drive quality variations, the HQSS Commission hopes to help countries reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Click here to visit the website.

Nutrition and Global Health Program

The Nutrition and Global Health Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and conducting research about nutrition, its effect on human and economic development, nutrition in humanitarian crisis situations, and the dynamic interplay between the epidemiologic, nutritional, and demographic transitions around the globe. The Program trains and prepares a new generation of health professionals dedicated to innovative problem solving and evaluation approaches to global health nutrition challenges, with emphasis on concerns pertaining to low and middle-income countries. Click here to visit the website.


The International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is implementing an intervention program on the post-partum intrauterine contraceptive device (PPIUD) services through its nationally-affiliated Associations of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in six countries—Sri Lanka, Kenya, India, Tanzania, Nepal and Bangladesh. The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health is studying the impact and performance of the FIGO PPIUD intervention in three of the six countries, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Tanzania. The study will encompass both the impact of the intervention on the uptake and subsequent continued use of PPIUD, the extent to which the intervention leads to the institutionalization of postpartum IUD services in the hospitals, and to what extent the service diffuses to other hospitals or providers. Click here to visit the website.

Prevention Policy Modeling Lab

Important epidemiologic and policy changes that are reshaping national and local health landscapes necessitate a renewed focus on disease prevention and health promotion, and on strategic decision-making to prioritize programs for maximum impact and efficiency. The Prevention Policy Modeling Lab models the health impact, costs and cost-effectiveness of infectious disease treatment and prevention programs in the United States. We work closely with collaborators in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to inform U.S. health policy and guide public health decision-making at national, state and local levels. The models we build incorporate evidence-based prevention strategies, emphasize cross-cutting initiatives and produce results that can be operationalized within healthcare and other sectors. Click here to visit the website.

Program on the Global Demography of Aging

The Program on the Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) at Harvard University, led by David E. Bloom, received funding from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health to carry out research on important themes related to global aging and health, with an emphasis on issues in the developing world. A key overarching theme focuses the expertise available at various schools at Harvard toward one of the pressing health questions of global aging, namely understanding the changing patterns of adult morbidity and mortality, including their measurements and causes, demographic and economic implications, and policies and programs for addressing and mitigating such implications. Click here to visit the website.

Value of Vaccination Research

The Value of Vaccination Research Network (VoVRN) is a community of practice dedicated to generating new, high-quality evidence on the broader social and economic impacts of vaccination. The purpose of this research is to support evidence-based decision-making for immunization program investments in healthcare systems around the world. Click here to visit the website.

Women and Health Initiative

The Women and Health Initiative (W&HI) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health recognizes that, due to persistent social and gender inequality around the world, girls and women experience increased risk of ill-health and injustice within the health sector, where they play dual roles as both consumers and providers of health care. The W&HI holistically conceptualizes women as both the beneficiaries of health care interventions and as critical caregivers within the health system. The Initiative is unprecedented in its balanced focus on improving women’s health and catalyzing women’s contributions to the health and wealth of societies. Click here to visit the website.