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, 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. She will become the first African American individual to head a Harvard faculty.

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  • Is iced coffee as healthy as hot coffee?
    Research has shown there are a wide range of health benefits associated with drinking coffee, but does cold coffee supply the same healthy nutrients as the hot kind? Harvard Chan researchers say it's likely that both drinks are equally beneficial. Coffee has been linked with decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disease. The exact mechanism for the bene...
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  • Community effort to fight childhood obesity shows promise
    A large-scale effort to reduce childhood obesity in two low-income Massachusetts communities saw modest improvements among schoolchildren. The researchers compared obesity rates among students in two communities that received interventions with nine communities that did not. After a two-year effort, the prevalence of obesity decreased among some schoolchildren, some drank fewer sugary beverages an...
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  • The surprising factor behind a spike in C-sections
    July 27, 2017 — Cesarean delivery of a baby—or C-section—is the world’s most commonly performed surgery. Rates have been rising across the globe, but there has been a particularly notable increase in the United States. The C-section rate in the U.S. has jumped 500 percent since the mid-1970s and 1 in 3 babies are now born via C-section. C-section is incredibly common, but the surgery comes with ri...
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  • Changing the language of addiction
    July 21, 2017 — In this week’s episode we’re revisiting two stories on important mental health issues. First, the importance of changing the language surrounding addiction. Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, and Michael Botticelli, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will explain how the words we use to descr...
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  • Eat Better Live Longer
    Switching to a healthier diet—and sticking with it— may significantly reduce your risk of premature death. Following a healthy eating plan like the Mediterranean Diet can help, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Healthy eating can be adapted to your taste, cultural preferences, and health conditions. Eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish or vegetarian sources of fatty acids ...
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  • A Healthier Grill
    Hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausages are popular choices for grill food, but rank low in healthfulness They are linked with an increased risk of colorectal and stomach cancers, diabetes, and heart disease Along with high amounts of sodium, processed meat contains added nitrates and heme iron, and are usually cooked with very high heat, all of which can produce cancer-causing compounds called heteroc...
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  • Survey - Medicaid recipients satisfied with care
    Enrollees in Medicaid reported in a nationwide survey that they’re largely satisfied with the health care they receive under the program, according to a new study. Although some policymakers have argued that Medicaid is a broken program, the new findings suggest otherwise. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of more than 270,000 Medicaid enrollees. On a 0 to 10 scale, with 10 representing “the...
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  • Choose unsaturated fats for heart health
    July 11, 2017 — In a new advisory the American Heart Association (AHA) strongly urges people to swap out saturated fats in favor of healthier unsaturated fats. The AHA says doing so can lower a person’s heart disease risk as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. In this week’s episode we speak to one of the authors of the advisory, Frank Sacks, professor of cardiovascular disease prevention. ...
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  • Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa
    There is a rapidly expanding diabetes epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission conducted the first comprehensive examination of diabetes in the region. It found that nearly a quarter of adults in some sub-Saharan countries have diabetes. The spike comes as economies transition from lower- to higher-income. Researchers say growing and...
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  • The link between air pollution and early death
    Current national air pollution standards may not be enough to stave off premature death among elderly Americans, according to a large national study. The study looked at 60 million U.S. senior citizens—about 97% of all Americans age 65+—over a seven-year period. Researchers found that long-term exposure to certain air pollutants, even at levels below current standards, were linked with increased r...
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  • Health data science: Study strengthens link between air pollution and premature death
    Principal investigator, professor of biostatistics at Harvard Chan School and co-director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative, Francesca Dominici, sits down with lead author and doctoral student Qian Di to discuss how this massive data-intensive study was conducted. Boston, MA – A new study of 60 million Americans—about 97% of people age 65 and older in the United States—shows that long-term e...
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  • A call for stricter air pollution standards
    June 29, 2017 —A new study of 60 million Americans is strengthening the link between air pollution and premature death. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers found that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone increases the risk of premature death, even when that exposure is at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) currently...
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  • Gluten: Benefit or Harm?
    Gluten is a protein naturally found in some grains including wheat. Negative media attention on gluten has caused some people to doubt its place in a healthful diet. Gluten can cause serious side effects in some individuals, such as those with celiac disease. But for most people, there is no data to show a specific benefit in following a gluten-free diet. Researchers have found no association betw...
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  • Eating chocolate may decrease risk of irregular heartbeat
    New research adds to the growing body of evidence that chocolate may benefit heart health. A study of 55,000 men and women in Denmark found that consuming moderate amounts of chocolate was associated with significantly lower risk of atrial fibrillation—a common type of irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation affects millions of people and is linked with higher risk of stroke, heart failure, cogni...
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  • Health and safety in the dry cleaning industry
    June 22, 2017 — Dry cleaning is an industry that dates back to the 1600s—when turpentine was used to clean fabrics. But now it’s an industry in transition amid growing demand for dry cleaning solvents that are less harmful to humans and the environment. At the center of this is a push to replace perchloroethylene (PERC), which is the most commonly used dry cleaning solvent. A range of new chemical...
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  • Saturated Fat Advisory
    The American Heart Association continues to recommend replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated vegetable oils to help prevent heart disease, according to a new advisory. Frank Sacks, Harvard Chan professor and lead author of the advisory Saturated fat is linked with increases in LDL—bad cholesterol—which is a major cause of artery-clogging plaque and cardiovascular disease...
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  • Commencement 2017
    May 26, 2017 – The message to students at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s 2017 commencement ceremony couldn’t have been clearer: In the current political climate, important public health priorities—affordable health care, a clean environment, equity and social justice, even science itself—are under attack.
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  • Commencement 2017: Dean Michelle Williams address
    As you step into this next chapter, each one of you will face rare challenges—but also opportunities. Events have shocked us into action—and into a new solidarity and sense of shared mission. This is a resource of tremendous power, ours to use or squander. If there is one quality these times demand it is agility, a word that I have thought of a lot during this academic year. Agility means for me ...
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  • A new discovery in the fight against tuberculosis
    June 15, 2017 — In this week’s podcast we explore a new discovery in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). It’s a disease that infects more than 10 million people a year—killing nearly two million. And while TB is preventable and curable, treatment for the disease can take several months. In this episode we speak with Eric Rubin, Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases in ...
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  • Revisiting Zika
    June 8, 2017 — It’s now been more than a year since the Zika virus gained global attention, sickening a million people in dozens of countries. The epidemic began in early 2015 and was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2016. WHO declared an end to that emergency in November 2016, but concerns over Zika have lingered, even as new cases have waned. ...
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  • Minnesota measles outbreak
    June 1, 2017 — Health officials in Minnesota are now grappling with that state’s largest measles outbreak in several decades. As of May 31, the Minnesota Department of Health had confirmed 70 cases of the disease. The outbreak is being blamed in part on anti-vaccine groups who targeted Somali-Americans, leading to a sharp drop in the number of children receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MM...
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  • Encouraging biking in low income communities
    What would get people in lower-income, predominantly minority communities to bike more? One way would be to create more cycle tracks—bicycle paths that are physically separated from traffic and sidewalks Blacks and Hispanics living in Roxbury, Massachusetts, a low-income Boston neighborhood, prefer riding on safe-from-traffic bicycle routes such as cycle tracks, according to a recent study. They w...

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