Sites of Note

Program on Global Health and Human Rights — The Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR), an integral component of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health, is at the forefront of expanding research in the field of health and human rights, and is a leader in developing tools for analysis, programmatic intervention, monitoring and evaluation. At this juncture in the history of the health and human rights field, there is an urgent need to strengthen health systems and demonstrate the effectiveness of using human rights to address public health challenges. The work of GHHR is to document examples of how human rights-based approaches to health make a greater positive difference to the lives of individuals and populations in a variety of areas, including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health and health systems strengthening. GHHR emphasizes the conceptual, methodological, policy and practice implications of linking health to human rights, with particular attention to women, children, gender issues, and vulnerable populations.

Department of Global Health and Population — The Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and Population seeks to improve global health through education, research, and service from a population-based perspective. In their examination of population and international health issues, department faculty members draw on their disciplinary expertise in many areas: anthropology, biostatistics, demography, ecology, economics, epidemiology, ethics, medicine, political science, reproductive biology, and sociology. The department’s research interests span a wide spectrum of topics, including social and economic development, health policy, and demography; design and financing of health care systems; women’s health and children’s health; prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases; and geographic information systems (GIS). The department has a special concern with questions of health equity and human rights, particularly in relation to health and population issues in developing countries.

Women, Gender and Health — The Working Group on Women, Gender and Health was founded in 1996 by Harvard School of Public Health faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and students interested in advancing the study of women, gender, and health at the School. In 2002, the school-wide faculty approved the Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender and Health. This concentration is now governed by a Steering Committee comprised of faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and students who meet monthly to discuss ways to promote curriculum development and public health research and practice regarding women, gender and health at HSPH.

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies — For the past four decades, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) has served as the locus of interdisciplinary research on population change, socioeconomic development, and human health at the University. Now under the umbrella of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HIGH), the Center guides University-wide efforts to understand the evolving health needs of the global community.