The incidence and meaning of disease and injury, the quality and cost of health care services to prevent and treat those diseases and injuries, the variable access of citizens to those services, the role of government and politics in the provision and regulation of health care – these fundamental issues and many more are central concerns of health policy both in the United States and abroad. Indeed, health care affects the life of every individual, whether through treatment of illness, financing of public and private health insurance, care of vulnerable populations, education about the health risks and benefits of behaviors that affect health, or adoption of regulations to reduce exposure to toxic environments. Department Website
A secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy could explore any of these topics within the United States or across the world, moving into such themes as: accountability and governance (the role of the state versus transnational organizations and corporations in global health); the relevance and morality of global socioeconomic inequality in health; the risk of pandemic diseases and their economic and psychological impact on populations; the consequences of political change in a country's health; and the challenges resulting from complex emergencies and vulnerable populations in fragile states.
The natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities all contribute to the study of global health and health policy. Harvard offers many different perspectives and programs concerning health. Students may explore aspects of health care, health policy, and health science through many perspectives, approaches and subject matter.