Harvard Public Health: Spring 2009

In this issue

Society is his patient
Recently HSPH’s new Dean, Julio Frenk, sat down with the Harvard Public Health Review to answer questions about his career, his vision for the School, and the future of public and global health.

Also in this issue

Making sense of sexual violence in Central Africa
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative seeks to understand the causes of sexual atrocities in the DRC—and perhaps one day find ways to prevent them.

Obesity in China portends a diabetic disaster
Could a seemingly simple change in diet—from white rice to brown rice—slow the spread of type 2 diabetes in China and other developing countries?

China’s leaders, HSPH experts unite in health reform effort
The HSPH China Initiative is playing an important role in shaping the country’s health reform policies.

The cost of South Africa’s misguided AIDS policies
An HSPH student’s doctoral thesis proves that the HIV/AIDS policies of former South African President Thabo Mbeki caused a massive loss of human life.

Case-based learning
Instead of taking the traditional path of lecture courses in five core areas, a group of 59 degree candidates opted to pilot an experimental curriculum last fall.

Stealth tobacco
Products designed to evade control