Welcome to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health New Employee Orientation Portal

As a new employee of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and of Harvard University, we know that it can be difficult to become acclimated to your new role and your new environment. This New Employee Orientation Portal was designed to help you get onboarded successfully. We recommend that you read all of the information provided to you. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact your Recruiter or HR Partner.

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Welcome from Dean Michelle Williams

Dean Michelle WilliamsIt is indeed my privilege to lead the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I have a nearly 30-year relationship with this wonderful School, beginning in 1986 as a master’s student, then as a proud alumna, later as a member of the faculty and chair of Epidemiology – one of the School’s largest departments, and now as Dean.

I have witnessed the transformative impact which this institution can have on the health of communities in need through our education of students and our research in the laboratory and in the field. We are a community of individuals who bring together expertise from a wide variety of arenas to produce new knowledge, powerful ideas, and practical solutions to major public health challenges. Our work improves the health and transforms the lives of people everywhere, informing and influencing everything from individual habits to health care systems and government policies.

In the 20th century, advances in knowledge about how best to protect the public’s health helped double the average life expectancy in the US and many parts of the world. But today, our progress is threatened by old pandemics such as TB and AIDS, and new pandemics like Ebola and Zika; pollution and climate change that endanger our health and our planet; social forces including poverty, war, discrimination, and humanitarian crises that adversely affect well-being; and failing health systems in the US and globally that make it difficult for people to receive vital preventive care and medical treatments they need at costs they can afford.

This is a crucial moment for public health in the United States and around the world, and we at the Harvard Chan School have an imperative to both serve and lead. I look forward to working together with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends to harness the energy and dedication that drives every member of our Harvard Chan School community. Together we will propel the School’s collective work to confront, understand and solve the major public health challenges we all face.

Michelle A. Williams
Dean of the Faculty

Linda Picard HeadshotWelcome Message from Linda Picard,
Senior Director of Human Resources

Welcome new employee! We are thrilled that you will be joining the Harvard University Longwood Campus community. As a staff member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we hope that your experience here will be one driven by purpose and meaning as you work to help achieve our School’s mission! Please use the information in this site as a guide to your initial time at the School. We want your transition to our wonderful school to be a positive experience and as easy as possible. Of course, Human Resources is here to assist you in any way so please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions.


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Click on this portal to learn more about the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public — its mission, values, history and accomplishments, culture, Departments, work/life efforts, and other helpful information.



Click on this portal to access information on critical steps you need to take before your first day — including completing your I-9, scheduling New Employee Orientation in Cambridge, commuting into the area, acclimating to the Longwood Medical Area, and health and safety.



Click on this portal to access information on critical steps you need to take during your first week — including obtaining your Harvard Identification Card, obtaining your Harvard Private Identification Number (PIN), claiming your HarvardKey, getting started with MS Outlook, and information security and confidentiality.



Click on this portal to access information on the 90-day Orientation and Review period, upcoming social events, sustainability at Harvard, and managing at Harvard.



Click on this portal to access information on professional development — the Center for Workplace Development, Lynda.com, self-directed career development, performance management, computer training, and Harvard Manage Mentor.



These portals, and the information included in each, were designed just for you. Let us know what you think, and/or if you have any recommendations!


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