ToPCaP

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The overarching mission of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication.To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policy makers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.

The field of public health is inherently multi-disciplinary. So, too, are the interests and expertise of the School’s faculty and students, which extend across the biological, quantitative, and social sciences. With our roots in the basic sciences, we are able to confront the most pressing diseases of our time—AIDS, cancer, and heart disease—by adding to our knowledge of the biological, chemical, genetic, and societal forces underlying disease. Core quantitative disciplines like epidemiology and biostatistics are fundamental to analyzing the broad impact of health problems, allowing us to look beyond individuals to entire populations. And, because preventing disease is at the heart of public health, we also pursue the social sciences to better understand societal influences of health-related behaviors and to inform public policy—both of which are critical elements to educating and empowering people to lead healthier lives.

The team at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) is largely made up of epidemiologists and biostatisticians who are aiming to answer the most enigmatic issues in prostate cancer research today. Individually, they are working on projects in areas such as nutrition, infections, inflammation, and genetic susceptibility. Within the ToPCaP framework, the HSPH team provides both expertise (in study design and biostatistics) and resources (including access to both the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Physicians' Health Study cohorts). In addition, it is the HSPH group that plays a coordinating role for the many meetings and projects that the ToPCaP team is engaged in around the world.