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Human Health-Related Programs at Harvard

Center for Health and the Global Environment (HMS)

The mission of the Center is to help people understand that our health, and that of our children, depends on the health of the environment, and that we must do everything we can to protect it. To fulfill its mission, the Center organizes a number of programs for physicians, scientists, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Center for Risk Analysis (HSPH)

The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, research staff, students, and visiting scholars who work together to improve decisions about environmental health. We conduct state-of-the-art research, educate the next generation of leaders in risk analysis and related disciplines, and encourage public discourse about risk topics.

China Project 

The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, collaborating across the schools of Harvard University and with Chinese universities. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies on air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from the root causes in the demand for and supply of energy powering its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and the economy.

Gene ENvironment Initiative (HSPH)

The Gene ENvironment Initiative (GENI) is a School strategic initiative that focuses on issues of genes and the environment, where the environment is broadly defined to include nutrition, pharmacology, and social and behavioral factors and toxicants. This initiative is designed to bring together several areas of traditional excellence at the School--environmental health research, population science, quantitative methods, and bench science--to make an important contribution to understanding the combined effects of genetic and environmental factors on human health.

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HSPH)

The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) is at the cusp of the rapidly evolving field of population health. Capitalizing on the profundity of expertise across the University, the HCPDS brings together faculty, students, and researchers from a wide array of disciplines including epidemiology, economics, demography, sociology, statistics, and population genetics.

Harvard Education and Research Center (HSPH)

The objective of the Education and Research Center is to give occupational safety and health professionals the opportunity to develop public health perspectives, a sensitivity about political climates, and the skills and knowledge needed to identify and prevent occupational impairments, disease, and injuries through control or elimination of harmful occupational exposures.

Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HSPH)

The Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HIGH) is a university-wide initiative whose mission is to educate and train the next generation of global health leaders, and create and disseminate new knowledge to address the major challenges in global health.

John B. Little Center for Radiation Sciences and Environmental Health (HSPH) 

The mission of the JBL Center is to apply its considerable expertise in signal transduction, molecular toxicology, and molecular stress responses as well as that of affiliated units to enhance our understanding of the hazards of exposure of human populations to ionizing radiation and other toxicants, and how these hazards may be controlled or prevented.

NIEHS Center for Environmental Health (HSPH) 

The Harvard NIEHS Center for Environmental Health serves as the primary focus for environmental health-related research and training activities in the Harvard School of Public Health, in the Harvard Longwood Medical Area, and more broadly as an integrating umbrella for environmental health research in the Boston health sciences research community.

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