Former Dean Harvey Fineberg, 1984-1997

“We need to establish the social conditions that will promote healthful behaviors and prevention.”

Dean Harvey Fineberg served from 1984-1997, taking the role during a major turning point in public health history at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He presided over rapid growth in the numbers of students and faculty, in the budget, and in fundraising. An expert on medical innovation and change, Fineberg has provided insight on issues such as the best way to introduce new medical technology, how to decide which treatments to use in complex situations, and how to respond to emerging infections. He was instrumental in organizing Harvard University’s response to the early HIV/AIDS epidemic and in establishing, with Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

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