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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (formerly Harvard School of Public Health) is the public health graduate school of Harvard University, located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, Massachusetts adjacent Harvard Medical School. The Chan School is considered a preeminent school of public health in the United States. The school grew out of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers,[1][2][3][4][5] the nation's first graduate training program in population health, which was founded in 1913 and became the Harvard School of Public Health in 1922. Michelle Williams, faculty and chair of the school's Department of Epidemiology, became the school's dean in July 2016, following the departure of former dean Julio Frenk and interim service of acting dean David Hunter.[6] She then became the first African American individual to head a Harvard faculty.[7]

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard shield-Public Health.png
Coat of arms of the School
Former names
Harvard School of Public Health
TypeGraduate school
School of Public Health
Established1913 (1913)
Parent institution
Harvard University
DeanMichelle Williams
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

Coordinates: 42°20′07″N 71°06′10″W / 42.335390°N 71.102793°W / 42.335390; -71.102793
HSPH Courtyard Entrance from Harvard Medical School

As of 2019, Chan is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 public health schools in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report.[8] U.S. News consistently ranks Harvard #1 in Health Policy and Management.[9]


The School traces its origins to the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, founded in 1913; Harvard calls it "the nation's first graduate training program in public health." In 1922, the School for Health Officers became the Harvard School of Public Health, and in 1946 it was split off from the medical school and became a separate faculty of Harvard University.[10] It was renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014 after receiving a $350 million donation, the largest gift in Harvard's history at the time, from the Morningside Foundation.[11] The Morningside Foundation is headed by Harvard School of Public Health alumnus Gerald Chan, SM '75, SD '79, the son of T.H. Chan,[12] and younger brother of Ronnie Chan who runs Hang Lung Group.[13]


The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) offers eight degree fields of study:

  • Clinical Effectiveness (CLE)
  • Epidemiology (EPI)
  • Health and Social Behavior (HSB)
  • Health Policy (HP)
  • Health Management (HM)
  • Global Health (GH)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
  • Quantitative Methods (QM)[14]
HSPH participates in the Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), a university-wide student government

Degree programs offered by specific departments:

  • Biostatistics: ScM, PhD
  • Environmental Health (EH): ScM, PhD, ScD, MOH (Master of Occupational Health),[15] DPH
  • Epidemiology (EPI): ScM, ScD, DPH
  • Genetics and Complex Diseases: PhD
  • Health Policy and Management: ScM, ScD, PhD
  • Health Care Management: ScM
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases: ScD, PhD
  • Nutrition (NUT): ScD, DPH, PhD
  • Global Health and Population (since 2009, formerly Population and International Health) (GHP):
Health Economics (ScD)
Health Systems (ScD)
Population and Reproductive Health (ScD)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS): ScM, ScD, DPH
  • Population Health Sciences (Interdisciplinary PhD within departments of EH, EPI, GHP, NUT, and SBS)

The Harvard Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) was launched in 2014 as a multidisciplinary degree providing advanced education in public health along with mastery of skills in management, leadership, communications, and innovation thinking. The program is a cohort-based program emphasizing small-group learning and collaboration. The program is designed for three years – two years at Harvard, plus one year in a field-based doctoral project – although some students may take up to four years to complete the program. Academic training in the DrPH covers the biological, social, and economic foundations of public health, as well as essential statistical, quantitative, and methodological skills in the first year, an individualized course of study in your second year, and a field-based, capstone project called the DELTA (Doctoral Engagement in Leadership and Translation for Action) in the final year(s) of the program.[16]

PhD programs are offered under the aegis of the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Research projectsEdit

  • The Nurses Health Study and Nurses Health Study II, which have followed the health of over 100,000 nurses from 1976 to the present; its results have been used in hundreds of published papers.[17]
  • The Health Professionals Follow-up Study, a similar study of over fifty thousand male health professionals seeking to connect diet, exercise, smoking, and medications taken to frequency of cancer and cardiovascular disease.[18]
  • The International Health Systems Program, which has provided training or technical assistance to projects in 21 countries, and conducts health policy research[19]
  • The Program in Health Care Financing, which studies the economics of national health care programs; evaluates the health care programs of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries; studies the effects of bringing HMO-like hospital reimbursement practices to developing countries; and applies hedonimetrics to health care.[20]
  • The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR),[21] which studies public health and humanitarian law and policy in the context of conflict-torn regions like the Gaza Strip and transnational issues like terrorism.[22]
  • The Lung Cancer S.O.S. study, examining the risk factors for and prognosis of lung cancer in terms of genetics and environment.[23]
  • The College Alcohol Study, which examines the causes of college binge drinking and approaches to prevention and harm reduction.[24]
  • The Program on the Global Demography of Aging, which studies policy issues related to economics of aging with a focus on the developing world.[25]
  • The Superfund Basic Research Program (see Superfund), studying toxic waste management.[26]
  • The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, to "help identify how positive aspects of living can lead to better health and a longer life"[27] and "coordinate research across many disciplines at Harvard University" and "understanding the complex interplay between positive psychological well-being and human health."[28][29][30][31][32][33]

Notable faculty (and past faculty)Edit

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Centennial". Centennial. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ "History, from About HSPH, reprinted online from HCSPH Fast Facts booklet, accessed 1/19/2016" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Who We Are". Admissions. May 15, 2015. Retrieved Feb 4, 2019.
  5. ^ [Who We Are, from HCSPH Admissions website, accessed 1/19/2016]
  6. ^ "Michelle Williams to lead Harvard Chan School". 19 February 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Michelle A. Williams to Lead School of Public Health As First Black Harvard Faculty Dean - News - The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ 2015 Ranking of Best schools of Public Health in US by U.S. News & World Report.
  9. ^ "Ranking" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  10. ^ "HSPH Catalog - Harvard School of Public Health". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Boston Orange 波士頓菊子: 晨興基金捐三億五 哈佛公衛學院冠名陳曾熙". 9 September 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  12. ^ "The story of T.H. Chan". 19 July 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Hang Lung's Gerald Chan to Give $350M to Harvard". 9 September 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  14. ^ "MPH Program - Harvard School of Public Health". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Master's in Occupational Public Health Degrees Online".
  16. ^ "Doctor of Public Health". Doctor of Public Health. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "Nurses' Health Study -". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Health Professionals Follow-Up Study". Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  19. ^ "International Health Systems Program at Harvard". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Program in Health Care Financing". Program in Health Care Financing. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research". 21 May 2010.
  22. ^ Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) Archived 2010-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Lung Cancer Study (LCS)". 14 October 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  24. ^ "College Alcohol Study". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University". Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  26. ^ "The Superfund Basis Research Program at Harvard University". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Family of Chinese oyster sauce empire gives $21 million to Harvard, Apr 25, 2016, 6:13am EDT". Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  28. ^ "About the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness - Health and Happiness". 29 April 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  29. ^ "$21 Million Gift Launches Center for Health and Happiness - News - The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  30. ^ Hamblin, James. "Harvard Just Launched a Center for Happiness". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  31. ^ "INTERVIEW: Harvard University explores happiness, health with gifted $21 million. Osler, C. Daily Free Press, Boston University. April 28, 2016". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  32. ^ "A quest for happiness". 22 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  33. ^ "Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness". 25 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  34. ^ "Changing the Face of Medicine | AliceHamilton". 2003-10-14. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  35. ^ "George Chandler Whipple." (1925). Jour. American Water Works Association. 13:1, 93-4.
  36. ^ Galford, Hugh S. (August 2007). "The Over-Educated Garbage Man: Minister Winston Dang of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration". Washington International. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  37. ^ Harvard Public Health Review. Winter 2007 Retrieved 30 September 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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