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Our journalism explores bold approaches to public health, with a rigorous focus on what works, what doesn’t, and why. We support public health leaders, policy makers, advocates, and researchers in improving lives, erasing inequities, and driving societal change.

Our audience. We write for people who have the power to make change: Public health leaders, policy makers, and advocates.

Our journalism. We publish features, analysis, investigations, and opinion. We welcome pitches from freelance journalists and opinion writers, including academics. We are editorially independent and nonpartisan. Most of our stories are available for republishing. There are some restrictions, so see our guidelines for details.

Expectations. We follow journalistic practices, standards, and ethics, most notably as outlined by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Our stories go through multiple rounds of editing. We fact-check pieces in accordance with the KSJ Fact-Checking Project’s guidelines, with significant features receiving the deeper “magazine model” treatment and our shorter items receiving the “newspaper model,” as outlined in the State of Fact-Checking in Science Journalism.

Disclosures and conflicts. We expect journalists and commentary writers working with us to disclose upfront all potential conflicts of interest related to their subject, financial or otherwise. Writers must disclose gifts greater than $25, coverage of expenses, certain speaking fees, and other favors that could compromise their integrity. Fee waivers at conferences and events may be accepted if routinely granted to members of the media.

Our relationship with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Though editorially independent, we are owned and published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The magazine benefits from the University’s resources, including access to prominent faculty, researchers, and visitors. The Harvard Public Health advisory board, a non-fiduciary body established to advise on editorial and business strategy, includes members with ties to Harvard. Despite these relationships, Harvard Public Health is not expected to give special favor to people or research associated with the Harvard Chan School.


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Editor in Chief
Michael Fitzgerald

Managing Editor
Jina Moore Ngarambe

Senior Editors
Kathy Burge
Amy Roeder

Associate Creative Director 
Ben S. Wallace 

Art Director 
Mary Delaware 

Senior Photo Editor
Kent Dayton 

Associate Director, Audience Development
Pamela Reynoso

Social Media Manager and Audience Engagement Specialist
Jo Zhou

Copy Editor 
Leslie Cauldwell

Advisory Board

Ivor Braden Horn, MD, MPH, director, health equity & social determinants of health, Google

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO & Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief, Harvard Business Review

Avenel Joseph, vice president, policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Raj Kumar, president and editor-in-chief,

Clifton Leaf, Global Fellow, Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, and former editor-in-chief, FORTUNE

Angus Macauley, chief revenue officer, STAT

Robin Mejia, department of statistics and data science, Carnegie-Mellon University

Gabriella Stern, Director of Communications, World Health Organization

Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief, Kaiser Health News

Richard J. Tofel, principal, Gallatin Advisory LLC

Linda Villarosa, journalist in residence, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Michelle A. Williams, former dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jenny Yip, managing partner, Adjuvant Capital