Welcome to the homepage of the Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention (Obesity Program) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This is an interdisciplinary concentration which includes the departments of Epidemiology, Nutrition, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Global Health and Population, Environmental Health and Health Policy and Management. This concentration is geared toward students who desire careers in research, teaching, and programs related to obesity. We also host a monthly Journal Club open to all members of the Harvard Chan community, in which we discuss recent articles relevant to obesity epidemiology and prevention.
The Obesity Program was created to meet the challenge of the escalating obesity epidemic in the U.S. and worldwide through multidisciplinary research and training, international collaboration, and public health policy and outreach. It is designed to build on a strong base of ongoing research, teaching and training in obesity epidemiology and prevention at HSPH.
The program addresses the global obesity epidemic through international collaborative research, training of international students and fellows, and developing strategies and policies to promote healthy diet and lifestyle and reduce the global burden of obesity and chronic diseases.
Read more about the background and development of the program.
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