Topic: education

Students train for disaster relief work

More than a hundred students and humanitarian relief professionals spent April 24-26, 2015 learning how to rapidly respond to a refugee crisis while being faced with a host of stressful distractions from confrontational child soldiers to rogue journalists. It was all part…

David Hunter named acting Harvard Chan School Dean

Dear Members of the Harvard Chan School Community, May 19, 2015 -- As you know, Julio Frenk recently announced his plans to step down as Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health this August [2015] in order to become…

Thailand seeks to address shortage of rural health care providers

May 11, 2015 -- Now in its 14th year, Thailand’s universal health care system provides coverage to 99.9% of the population, but as it grows the system is facing challenges caused by a shortage of doctors and nurses, especially in rural areas. Rajata Rajatanavin,…

High school students get taste of public health

April 16, 2015 — Ameina Mosley, a student at the Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH) in Boston, has wanted to become a doctor ever since a family member died of diabetes at a young age. And after attending a day-long…

Teaching nutrition in an era of obesity and diabetes

Teaching more nutrition education and self-care skills like mindfulness and behavioral change to medical students and other health professionals will better prepare them to teach patients to lead healthier lives and help stem the public health “tsunami” of lifestyle-related diseases, such as…

Rethinking public health education

September 5, 2014 -- Flashed on screen at a recent Harvard symposium was an illustration from the year 1308 showing students in a lecture-style class. Some are fooling around. Some look bored. One is even sleeping. Next on screen: a modern-day photo…

Time for thinking big

[ Spring 2014 ] Fellowship program spurs midcareer pros to solve big problems. On many Mondays during the 1980s, Uche Amazigo took time off from teaching at the University of Nigeria to travel into her country’s rural villages and talk to women. A biologist…

New leadership-focused doctoral program draws unprecedented interest

[ Spring 2014 ] A new HSPH doctoral program beginning in July has generated an unprecedented level of interest, drawing 286 applicants for just 15 spots. The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program will prepare graduates to be leaders in the health sector—such as…

High school students gain insight into public health careers

May 13, 2014 — Don’t take your toilet and clean drinking water for granted. In many parts of the world, good sanitation systems don’t exist and the consequences—such as deadly outbreaks of waterborne infectious diseases—can be devastating, emergency medicine physician Miriam Aschkenasy,…