Programs for health and the environment
Throughout the U.S. communities, families and individuals are faced with a complex set of challenges to their collective health and well-being – challenges that range from childhood obesity and a growing incidence of diabetes to the spread of infectious diseases to a lack of health insurance. Three of Harvard’s professional schools – Harvard Medical School, the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Public Health – offer a combination of clinical, intellectual and human resources that is particularly well suited to helping Boston-area communities address these issues.
In 2005-06, about 1,200 students in HMS, SDM, SPH and Harvard College participated in service learning and volunteer community service programs designed to meet health needs of Boston-area communities. Faculty members at Harvard also have a long history of collaboration with Boston-area communities on research aimed at finding solutions to some of their most pressing health problems.