Orientation 2018: School welcomes new students

Students socialize at a Department of Nutrition welcome session.
Students socialize at a Department of Nutrition welcome session.

August 29, 2018—The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community welcomed new students on August 27, kicking off a week of Orientation activities. This year’s incoming class is comprised of more than 400 students, representing 56 countries.

In her welcome address, Dean Michelle Williams called upon students to “make the world a better place” in the face of daunting challenges across the globe. “I know that, some days, it can all feel insurmountable. But that’s one of the reasons I feel so fortunate to be here at the Harvard T.H. Chan School,” she said. “We get to see the world from a different vantage point than most. We are on the frontlines of significant developments happening in public health every day. And our history is proof that change isn’t just possible. In fact, change is inevitable when brilliant, driven people like all of you commit to making a difference.”

The weeklong program also included introductions to the School’s departments and faculty, academic sessions on topics such as healthcare systems, statistics, and the case method, and social activities.

Dean Michelle Williams welcomes new students.
Dean Williams welcomes new students.
Students and faculty at a Department of Global Health and Population meeting.
Global Health and Population students and faculty get to know each other.







– story and photos: Nilagia McCoy