Harvard’s commitment to advance learning and research in the health of populations (“public health”) includes and incorporates research within and across global borders as it relates to the multifaceted aspects of “global health.” At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, global health is a focus both within the Department of Global Health and Population and across aspects of every academic department. For example, the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development enables global political and health leaders to translate technical research into effective policy, through executive education, case-based teaching, training in emergency preparedness and response, and the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows Program. Global health is a common discussion topic in “The Forum,” a media-based exchange that facilitates 60-minute dialogues, broadcast in the school's based studio, to facilitate international conversation about policy choices and scientific controversies.
The Center for Population and Development Studies conducts research on demographic and development trends worldwide. It has four main research areas: social and environmental determinants of population health, aging societies, workplace and well-being, and social and family demography. The Center also host numerous seminars and events for scholars of population studies to share their work.
The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights conducts research, holds events, and publishes materials on the relationship between health and many aspects of human rights across the world, with a particular focus on child rights. Areas of research include everything from forced migration due to conflict or weather to the impact of the sustainable development goals on national policy priorities.