Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2011
Former names Harvard School of Public Health
Established 1913; 105 years ago (1913)
Type Graduate school
Medical school
Parent institution Harvard University
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Dean David Hunter (Acting)
Academic staff 480
Students 1,140
Doctoral students 474
Alumni 11,060
Website www.hsph.harvard.edu
File:HSPH Courtyard Entrance from HMS.jpg
HSPH Courtyard Entrance from Harvard Medical School

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (formerly Harvard School of Public Health, as HSPH; now also referred to the Harvard Chan School, The T.H. Chan School, The T.H. Chan School of Public Health, or still simply The Chan School of Public Health) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University, is with the adjacent Harvard Medical School]] located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of Mission Hill. HSPH is considered a globally significant school focusing on health in the United States. The school grew out of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, the nation's first graduate training program in population health, which was founded in 1913 and became Harvard School of Public Health in 1922. Julio Frenk, the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006 and a former executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), had become the new dean of the school in January 2009.[1]

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is one of the most selective and prestigious public health schools in the world. In 2006, the middle 50 percent of the incoming class had an incoming GPA between 3.50 and 3.75 (out of 4.0). About half of students already hold a medical doctorate (M.D. or D.O.), and many of the others already hold another advanced professional or doctoral degree upon admission (typically a DPM, DDS/DMD, PhD, JD, or MBA). Students at the school are drawn from around the world, with about 40 percent of the student body coming from outside of the United States.

As of 2015, the school is ranked second in the nation (after the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and tied with University of North Carolina School of Public Health) in the U.S. News & World Report.[2] U.S. News consistently ranks Harvard #1 in Health Policy and Management.[3]

The School's objectives are to provide the highest level of education to health scientists, practitioners, and leaders, to foster new discoveries leading to improved health for the people of the United States and all nations of the world (global health), and to strengthen health capacities and services for communities everywhere. Its varied departments are committed to global health in all policies, since the phrase "all health is global" is often heard in its classrooms.[4]


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.[5] 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.[6] The Morningside Foundation is headed by Harvard School of Public Health alumnus Dr. Gerald Chan, the son of T.H. Chan.


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

  • Clinical Effectiveness (CLE)
  • Health and Social Behavior (HSB)
  • Health Policy (HP)
  • Health Management (HM)
  • Global Health (GH)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
  • Quantitative Methods (QM)[7]

Degree programs offered by specific departments:

  • Biostatistics: ScM, PhD
  • Environmental Health: ScM, PhD, ScD, MOH, DPH
  • Epidemiology: ScM, ScD, DPH
  • Genetics and Complex Diseases: PhD
  • Health Policy and Management: ScM, ScD, PhD
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases: ScD, PhD
  • Nutrition: ScD, DPH, PhD
  • Global Health:
Health Economics (ScD)
Health Systems (ScD)
Population and Reproductive Health (ScD)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: ScM, ScD, DPH

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

Research projects

  • 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.[8]
  • The Health Professionals Followup 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.[9]
  • The International Health Systems Program, which has provided training or technical assistance to projects in 21 countries, and conducts health policy research[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), 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.[12]
  • The Lung Cancer S.O.S. study, examining the risk factors for and prognosis of lung cancer in terms of genetics and environment.[13]
  • The College Alcohol Study, which examines the causes of college binge drinking and approaches to prevention and harm reduction.[14]
  • The Program on the Global Demography of Aging, which studies policy issues related to economics of aging with a focus on the developing world.[15]
  • The Superfund Basic Research Program (see Superfund), studying toxic waste management.[16]

Notable faculty (and past faculty)

Notable alumni

See also


External links

Centers and Institutes