Harvard Chan School and Vanke School of Public Health launch collaboration on educational, research initiatives

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University, today announced the launch of a collaboration on educational and research initiatives.

I am thrilled to announce this alliance between two schools of public health embedded within world-class universities—one in Boston, one in Beijing—to build a healthier, more equitable and more sustainable world.”

Michelle A. Williams, dean of the faculty, Harvard Chan School

“We have seen more clearly than ever over this past year that threats ranging from microscopic pathogens all the way up to planet-wide shifts in climate can leap borders and threaten the health of billions,” she added. “Only by working together can we develop—and then enact—a global health security agenda that predicts, prepares for, and responds to these threats.”

The collaboration was announced at an event hosted by the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. In addition to Williams, speakers included Margaret Chan, dean of Tsinghua Vanke School of Public Health; Alan Garber, provost, Harvard University; and Yang Bin, provost, Tsinghua University.

The initial areas of collaboration include:

Joint course: Vanke School of Public Health and Harvard Chan School will develop a course that gives students at both schools the opportunity to work together on a field-based community public health topic, in China or in the U.S.

Summer courses and short courses: Vanke SPH students will take courses at Harvard Chan School beginning in Summer 2022 and the schools may explore creating a summer certificate program for participating Vanke SPH students. In addition, Vanke SPH and Harvard Chan School may develop customized short courses that Vanke SPH students can attend.

Visiting scholars: One or two Vanke SPH researchers will spend time at Harvard Chan School each year with a goal of developing research partnerships.

Joint research opportunities: Faculty from both schools with common interests, including infectious diseases, climate change, and health sector reform, will work to identify areas for joint research.

New coalition of public health school leaders

In response to the global challenges presented by the pandemic, Dean Williams and Dean Chan have also jointly founded a Global Coalition of Deans of Schools of Public Health. The goals of the coalition are to:

  • Address the most pressing public health issues from a strategically strengthened position
  • Inspire geographically diverse collaborations to advance research and innovation
  • Collaborate on programs to educate the next generation of public health leaders
  • Foster close working relationships between member universities, government and industry, and other stakeholders

Williams and Chan plan to include public health school deans from across the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The first meeting of the new coalition will convene in the coming weeks.

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