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Harvard Receives Transformational Gift, Renames School of Public Health

Harvard University announced September 8 that The Morningside Foundation, established by the family of the late Mr. T. H. Chan, has pledged $350 million to support the School of Public Health (HSPH) which last year began its second century of research and teaching with a campaign to address four global threats: pandemics, harmful physical and social environments, humanitarian crises, and failing health systems.


[Photo: Dean Julio Frenk]

View a recording of the announcement event.

The gift of endowed funds is being made by The Morningside Foundation. The foundation has long supported higher education through student scholarships and professorships at universities in both North America and Asia, including a professorship in radiobiology at HSPH in 2012. In recognition of the gift, the school will be renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“The field of public health drives discoveries that lead to healthier, longer, more productive lives.  This extraordinary gift from the Chan family will enable Harvard’s School of Public Health to tackle intractable health problems and to translate rigorous research into action and policy worldwide,” said Harvard University president Dr. Drew Faust. “The Chan family’s generosity sends a signal to the world: this is the public health moment. We are honored by this gift; it will inspire a new generation of public health leaders.”

“The Chan family’s transformational gift will help us empower current and new generations of talented and diverse students and faculty to address the complex health threats challenging the US and the world,” said HSPH Dean Julio Frenk. “Their commitment to education and their belief in the power of public health is an inspiration, and their generosity will ensure we have the resources to continue to develop the most innovative solutions that will enable millions of people to live longer and healthier lives, now and in the future.”

According to Dean Frenk, the gift will support students and faculty whose works are dedicated to slowing and reversing four global health threats:

“The Chan family is deeply committed to the promotion of public health,” said Chan family trustee Mr. Peter S.A. Edwards. “The family and its trustees are delighted to contribute to so distinguished a university as Harvard to create this permanent public benefit as a memorial to the late Mr. T. H. Chan.”

“On behalf of my mother and my brothers, I want to express how pleased we are that the legacy of our late father can be honored by this gift to HSPH. He was a generous man who was a staunch supporter of education. He also wanted to support scientific research to alleviate human suffering. He would be very pleased with this gift today and all the good works that this gift will enable,” said Harvard School of Public Health alumnus Dr. Gerald Chan, SM 75, SD 79, a spokesperson for The Morningside Foundation.

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