Who should apply

The certificate program is designed for mid- and senior-level business executives with six or more years of management and leadership experience who:

  • represent economic, political, environmental, and cultural forces in today’s globalized world and whose enterprises have an impact on the lives of millions of people every day, often in complex and imperceptible ways
  • are aware of the changing nature of public health threats and acknowledge their personal ability to mitigate health, economic, and security risks associated with these situations
  • understand the critical importance of positioning their organizations to avoid unnecessary exposure, respond effectively, and support global health security for the good of the corporate enterprise, its employees and partners, and the broader community.

Applicants accepted into the program must demonstrate through leadership experience and personal statements the ability to contribute and draw from the experiences and education of the other program participants.


This program provides expertise and a new perspective on leadership at the convergence of public health and business.

  • Learn oversight and management while providing leadership through the provision of professional and ethical advice and strategic planning
  • Develop public health, environmental health (compliance and health services, safety briefings), health care, and resource-management expertise
  • Master public health vocabulary and skills related to public health and business in any organization
  • Apply public health analytical and technical skills in businesses
  • Create working relationships within a business’s localized community
  • Develop business acumen within the sphere of public health


Program Co-directors
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Richard B. Siegrist Jr., MS, MBA ’82

Program Co-director

Richard Siegrist is senior lecturer on health care management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he teaches physician, graduate, and executive education courses on financial management, cost accounting, management control, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is also faculty director of the doctor of public health (DrPH) program, director of the master in health care management program for physicians, and director of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Harvard Chan School.

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Joseph G. Allen, DSc, MPH

Program Co-director

Joseph G. Allen is associate professor of exposure assessment science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the School’s Healthy Buildings program. He is also co-author of the book “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.” He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings and continues to work across a diverse range of industries, including health care, biotechnology, education, finance, law, commercial office real estate, and manufacturing. He is also a certified industrial hygienist and deputy director of the Harvard Center for Education and Research on Occupational Health and Safety.

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Gillian Christie, DrPH ’20


Gillian Christie, DrPH ’20, MPhil, has focused her career on promoting health at the intersection of business and technology. She is currently advancing the health strategy for consumers at Walmart Health. She also has an appointment as an adjunct lecturer in health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Leonard Marcus

Leonard Marcus, PhD


Leonard Marcus is founding director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Harvard Chan School and the Harvard Kennedy School.

John McDonough

John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA


John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, is professor of public health practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of Executive and Continuing Professional Education.

Santiago Romero-Brufau

Santiago Romero-Brufau, MD, PhD


Santiago Romero-Brufau, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of medicine and healthcare systems engineering at the Mayo Clinic, where he also serves as principal data scientist for the Department of Medicine.

Monica Wang, ScD


Monica Wang is an associate professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, an adjunct associate professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an associate director of narrative at the BU Center for Antiracist Research. She is a nationally recognized expert in public health and health equity and a thought leader in antiracism.

Guest instructors
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Juliette Kayyem, AB ’91, JD ’95

Guest instructor

Juliette Kayyem, AB ’91, JD ’95, is Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security, faculty director of the Homeland Security Project, and faculty director of the Security and Global Health Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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John Macomber, MBA ’83

John D. Macomber, MBA ’83, is senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School.