Joseph G. Allen
Primary Faculty

Joseph G. Allen

Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science

Environmental Health


Associate Professor
Director, Harvard Healthy Buildings Program (
Director, Public Health for Business Leaders
Commissioner, The Lancet COVID-19 Commission
Chair, The Lancet COVID-19 Commission Task Force on Safe Work, Safe Schools, and Safe Travel
Harvard University Coronavirus Advisory Group
Harvard Presidential Committee on Sustainability (Co-Chair, 2050 Sub-Committee)
Deputy Director, Harvard Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety & Health

BS, Biology
Boston College

MPH, Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health

DSc, Exposure Assessment, Environmental Epidemiology, Biostatistics
Boston University School of Public Health

CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist
Board for Global Environmental Health & Safety Credentialing

Scientific Advisor, The White House2022-2024
The White House

Scientific Advisor, MA Governor2021-2023
Massachusetts Governor

Commissioner, The Lancet COVID-19 Commission2020-2023
The Lancet

Chair, The Lancet COVID-19 Commission Task Force on Safe Work, Safe Schools, and Safe Travel2020-2023
The Lancet

Harvard Presidential Committee on Sustainability2020
Harvard University



Making performing arts venues healthier

An effort to ensure that Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater is housed in a healthy building—and to share information about how to make theaters everywhere healthier—was the focus of an article in American Artscape, the magazine of the…

Post-pandemic, an increasing focus on indoor air quality

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “fundamental shifts” have taken place in how businesses, governments, scientific and medical communities, and the general public think about indoor air, according to Harvard Chan School’s Joe Allen.