On November 1, 2013, Harvard School of Public Health held a symposium on the future of public health education, timed to coincide with the celebration of its centennial in 2013 and with the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Boston. This symposium celebrated the establishment in September of 1913 of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, which evolved into the Harvard School of Public Health. It also offered an opportunity to discuss strategic directions for higher education in public health as we approach the centennial of the landmark Welch-Rose Report in 2015.
Nearly 500 participants from over 100 college and universities representing 17 countries participated in the symposium. Participants engaged in a conversation about the renaissance taking place in public health education, considered the impact of revolutionary changes in how and where people learn, and explored transformations in how we conceive, organize, and provide education to meet current and future public health challenges.