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Chasing epidemics in real time

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] As the AIDS epidemic tragically demonstrated, public health has usually been a step behind infections on the run. But today,…


Health & how we live

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] In the last 100 years, we have changed the way we live—what we eat and drink, whether and how much…

Emily O'Connell

Tales from a long relationship

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] What would become one of the largest and most important cohort studies examining the role of environment and behavior on…

A visual history of food guides

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Click on a photo to scroll through a visual history of food guides. — Madeline Drexler

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Driving home the message

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Retired police officer Carl McDonald stopped many a weaving driver during his years on the force in Texas. He said…

Ralph Paffenbarger Jr.

Adding years to life–and life to years

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Today, it’s conventional wisdom and a scientific truism that regular exercise is one of the healthiest habits around. But public…


The DNA of public health

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] When at first nothing may seem more removed from the broad, humanistic canvas of public health than research on genetics,…

Nan Laird, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Public Health

A selection of genetic discoveries at HSPH

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The late Armen Tashjian Jr., chair of the then-named Department of Molecular and Cellular Toxicology, made pioneering discoveries about how…


Deadly environments

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] On a October afternoon in 1948, daylight barely trickled into the storefronts of Donora, Pennsylvania. Stagnant weather had trapped a…

In 1995, the United States Postal Service dedicated a postage stamp in recognition of Alice Hamilton’s achievements. Here she is honored by then-Harvard School of Public Health Dean Harvey V. Fineberg and others.

Harvard’s first lady

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] By the time Alice Hamilton joined Harvard’s faculty in 1919, she was already one of the nation’s pre-eminent researchers in…