I am pleased to share the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Research Strategy that describes a broad vision for our research activities over the next 14 years. Through the Research Strategy Review (RSR) process we sought to anticipate trends in a rapidly evolving world to inform strategic investments, and ensure the School is well-positioned to continue to lead in public health research. The RSR identified areas that are most likely to define the future of public health research including cutting-edge methods, and academic and scientific resource strengths, gaps, and challenges.
The resulting five themes of the Strategy are:
- Promote an inclusive research culture that embraces diversity, engagement, and transparency
- Support research that is multidisciplinary in nature
- Leverage the strengths and resources of the School, the Longwood Campus, and the University
- Invest in research platforms that can accelerate the pace of scientific discovery
- Ensure funding and administrative processes are aligned with School priorities
The Strategy document is the product of careful consideration of the School’s strengths and the future of public health research grounded in the idea that excellence requires focus, priority-setting, the leveraging of existing talent, and administrative efficiency, particularly given limited resources. However, we must be careful not to stifle intellectual creativity and innovation, nor ignore inevitable and unanticipated changes to the public health landscape. It is our hope that this Strategy charts a thoughtful middle ground, providing direction and vision while preserving flexibility.
Acting Dean of the Faculty
Dean for Academic Affairs
May 20, 2016
Link to the Research Strategy here. (Enter your Harvard Key when prompted and the Strategy document will be downloaded automatically.) To request a copy of the Research Strategy Review appendices, please contact Michele Sinunu (firstname.lastname@example.org).