The Harvard Global Health Institute is committed to surfacing and addressing broad challenges in public health that affect large populations around the globe.  We believe that solutions that will move the dial draw from within and beyond the medicine and public health spheres to encompass design, law, policy, and business.  We do that by harnessing the unique breadth of excellence within fields at Harvard and by being a dedicated partner and convener to organizations, governments, scholars, and committed citizens around the globe.


2018 Sep 24

Outbreak Week

Mon Sep 24 (All day) to Fri Sep 28 (All day)


Join us for Outbreak Week!

Countway Slide

From September 24-28, join us for Outbreak Week, a Harvard-wide effort to investigate and engage with epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the 21stcentury, inspired by the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Leading researchers, policy makers, health advocates, economists, doctors, journalists, historians and other experts will take a fresh, multidisciplinary look at disease outbreaks and how prepared we are for the next big health crisis. Get the latest in vaccine development, meet the screenwriter of the movie Contagion, discover what can be learned from the Ebola Outbreaks in Africa, take a deep dive into how a pandemic would play out in the era of misinformation and more.

5 days, 7 events, 60+ speakers – Register Now! 

Monitoring Report


The Harvard Global Health Institute recently led the development of a comprehensive framework for Global Monitoring of Disease Outbreak Preparedness. The report summary on this effort reflect the combined expertise of over fifty public health professionals from institutions around the world who gathered in Washington, D.C. in April 2017 at the U.S. National Academies of Medicine. The result of this effort, is a robust, objective, evidence-based monitoring framework structured along four key domains (see figure below), reflecting a multi-sectoral, “whole-of-society” approach to preparedness.

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