Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Coat of arms of the School
Former names Harvard School of Public Health
Established 1913 (1913)
Type Graduate school
School of Public Health
Parent institution Harvard University
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates: 42°20′07″N 71°06′10″W / 42.335390°N 71.102793°W / 42.335390; -71.102793
Dean Michelle Williams
Academic staff 480
Students 1,140
Doctoral students 474
Alumni 11,060
Website hsph.harvard.edu
HSPH Courtyard Entrance from Harvard Medical School

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 will become the first African American individual to head a Harvard faculty.[7]

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.[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 Dr. Gerald Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79, the son of T.H. Chan.[12]


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

Degree programs offered by specific departments:

Health Economics (ScD)
Health Systems (ScD)
Population and Reproductive Health (ScD)

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.[14]

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

Research projects

Notable faculty (and past faculty)

Notable alumni

See also


  1. Datz, T., Harvard School of Public Health celebrates 100 years of global health leadership, HSPH press release, August 28, 2013, accessed 01/19/2016
  2. Harvard Public Health @ 100 Years, HSPH website, accessed 01/19/2016
  3. History, from About HSPH, reprinted online from HCSPH Fast Facts booklet, accessed 1/19/2016
  4. [Who We Are, from HCSPH Admissions website, accessed 1/19/2016]
  5. 2015 Ranking of Best schools of Public Health in US by U.S. News & World Report.
  6. HSPH Catalog - Harvard School of Public Health
  7. Drexler, M. The story of T.H. Chan, Harvard Public Health, Spring 2015
  8. MPH Program - Harvard School of Public Health
  9. "Doctor of Public Health". Doctor of Public Health. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  10. NHS :: The Nurses’ Health Study » Front
  11. HPFS - About Us
  12. International Health Systems Program at Harvard
  13. Program in Health Care Financing - Harvard School of Public Health
  14. Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR)
  15. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/lungcancer/
  16. College Alcohol Study
  17. Global Demography of Aging
  18. The Superfund Basis Research Program at Harvard University
  19. Family of Chinese oyster sauce empire gives $21 million to Harvard, Apr 25, 2016, 6:13am EDT
  20. About the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness
  21. Shimokazi, K.R. $21 Million Gift Launches Center for Health and Happiness, The Harvard Crimson, April 29, 2016
  22. Harvard Has a New Center for Happiness: There's more to health than the absence of disease. Hamblin, J. The Atlantic. April 26, 2016
  23. INTERVIEW: Harvard University explores happiness, health with gifted $21 million. Osler, C. Daily Free Press, Boston University. April 28, 2016
  24. Harvard Chan School Communications. A quest for happiness: Gift will fund Harvard center to study how to increase everyday joy and health. Harvard Gazette. April 22, 2016
  25. Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness
  26. "George Chandler Whipple." (1925). Jour. American Water Works Association. 13:1, 93-4.
  27. 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.
  28. Harvard Public Health Review. Winter 2007 http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/review/winter07/dean1.html. Retrieved 30 September 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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