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Abortion restrictions raise concerns about maternal mortality risk, particularly for Black women

Deaths during and after childbirth are considerably higher in the U.S. than in other high-income countries, particularly for Black women. Determining the cause of this disparity is “one of the biggest challenges of public health,” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Henning Tiemeier said in a July 3, 2022, Face the Nation interview. Tiemeier, Sumner and Esther …

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Here are the top four strategies to reduce COVID risk in buildings

A short new report from the Lancet COVID-19 Commission lists the first four strategies that every building owner and operator should pursue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The report focuses on lowering the amount of virus-laden aerosols in indoor air by improving ventilation and filtration. The report was put together by the Commission’s task force on safe work, safe …

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Abortion access and policy after Roe

Patients traveling further and waiting longer for abortion care. Doctors hesitating to provide pregnant individuals with life-saving treatment. Pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for abortion medication. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the impacts of losing the constitutional right to abortion have been immediate and …

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The Supreme Court curbed EPA’s power to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. What comes next?

In late June, the Supreme Court issued a ruling stating that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot put state-level caps on carbon emissions under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Such authority would, in effect, steer states away from coal and toward other types of power sources that emit less carbon. The Court said that, instead, the authority to …

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Social media boosting popularity of harmful skin whitening products

July 19, 2022 – Skin whitening products are popular on social media, with the hashtag #skinwhitening on TikTok alone garnering more than 250 million views. This has prompted concerns about the potential harms of these unregulated products, according to a June 22, 2022, CNN article. The products promote the colorist idea that lighter skin colors …

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Helping public health agencies improve emergency risk communication

Elena Savoia is a principal research scientist in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is deputy director of the Emergency Preparedness, Research, Evaluation & Practice Program (EPREP) and co-founder of the IRIS Coalition. She recently co-led a workshop for public health practitioners at the Global Health Security conference in Singapore on addressing mis- and disinformation in …

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Dean Michelle A. Williams

Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and …

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Chart of Eligibility Requirements

Note: Specific degree programs/departments may have additional prerequisite requirements. Please visit the program website for more details. Program Fields of Study Requirement Requirement Requirement Application DrPH n/a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree and 6+ years work experience SOPHAS MHCM n/a MD, DO, DMD, or DDS and Clinical practice experience and Managerial experience SOPHAS MPH-EPI n/a Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years work …

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