Harvard School of Public Health Receives Anonymous $10 Million Gift

Harvard University has announced a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor in support of its Nutrition, Occupational Health Sciences, and Doctor of Public Health programs.

The gift includes $7 million in support of the Doctor of Public Health program — $5 million  to establish the Julio Frenk Professorship of Public Health Leadership, named for the school's former dean; $1 million for scholarships for DrPH students; and $1 million to support the program's ongoing growth and competitiveness. Of the remaining $3 million, $1.25 million will be used to fund scholarships in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program, while $1.75 million will bolster scholarships for doctoral candidates in the Department of Nutrition.

The donor, whose support for the school now totals more than $17 million, said the latest gift is meant to inspire the spirit of Prajna, a Sanskrit word that conveys ultimate wisdom — wisdom that involves not only intellect but also insight from experience and understanding through engagement — in its efforts to integrate research and practice in ways that  advance the welfare of humanity.

"Scholarship aid is one of my top priorities for our school," said School of Public Health dean Michelle A. Williams. "We have been working particularly hard over the past five years to improve scholarship aid. It is vital that talented students are able to pursue their passion for improving people's health in whatever arena they choose. This generous gift will enable more students to achieve that goal by minimizing the debt they may incur for graduate-level study."