Global Health and Leadership Conference
Founded in 2017 by Harvard alumnus Paul Lewis, the Global Health and Leadership Conference at Harvard promotes student engagement with global health topics by bringing together Harvard faculty, students, and guests to educate and mentor high school students. The conference encourages students to tackle issues in their local community by conducting evidence-based, cost-effective interventions that are impactful, sustainable, and reproducible initiatives. The conference hopes to help students make a difference and grow as civically minded leaders for the future.
Hosted by Harvard
The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and Harvard College VISION: Global Health Society annually host the conference. Harvard students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests volunteer to organize this event.
Enjoy a weekend on Harvard's beautiful campus. See famous sites including the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and the Charles River.
Case Study Competition
Students work as a team to write a report evaluating a global health issue and give a presentation at the conference.
Global Health Exam
A new addition to our conference premiering in 2020. Up to 3 students from a school can participate on a team.
Make lasting friendships and connections: meet diverse students from around the world, collaborate with others, and have a Harvard student mentor for your community project.
Through the GHLC, you will have the opportunity to learn from Harvard affiliates about many areas of global health.
Students are paired with a Harvard student mentor to help guide students in creating evidence-based and cost-effective community interventions.
Grow as a
Our students engage with projects that help them develop the confidence and skills that are necessary to be a successful leader.
“Not only was I inspired by all the speakers and stimulated by the peers who attended the conference, but I was also able to make friends and get to know all the great people!”
“I am in awe how others put so much time and effort to into their projects and presentations. I liked how there was a wide variety of topics that my peers chose.”
“It is a globally illuminating experience, and a chance to learn so much from some of the brightest minds out there. I wouldn't miss it for the world!”
“I was delighted to meet outstanding doctors, Harvard undergraduates, and most importantly, other ambitious high school students interested in global health."
"Shigeko Sasamori, one of the only survivors from the Hiroshima bombings in 1945, came to speak about her experiences.”
“I began to really see the impact of mental health. This conference did a wonderful job of talking about less talked about aspects of global health. We can talk about AIDs and Malaria all day, because they are serious issues, but this year disabilities, and war, and mental health were discussed which was really important.”
“I sincerely appreciate the effort this program puts towards helping students who are passionate about global health. The conference opened many doors for individuals all around the world. They have truly been exceptional in responding to all of my questions and have been there to guide me whenever it was needed. They have made it very clear to all of us 'global health people' that they care deeply about the sustainability and success of this program.”
“I feel so encouraged to do more now, I feel inspired from the project that my peers conduct and also what they can become and form into. I feel like I have a huge support, all the speakers were so open to communication and I feel like that is the same in the field.”
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“It was interesting focusing on mental health services and the overall inequalities in communities and countries in basic services like water and severe poverty affecting mental health.”
“There is nothing but benefits for someone who attends this conference. Personally, it really opened my eyes and inspired me to start making my own impact.”
“Even though I was only at the conference for a short time, I totally enjoyed it! I also felt the conference is diverse in terms of the different aspects of global health it has reached.”
“Communication is a key aspect of Global health, both when a contagion is spreading and when messages about the latest findings on chronic disease or how to live a healthy lifestyle may resonate.”
“It is a rare opportunity to see what amazing things are possible in the realm of Global Health and that it is truly inspirational to see so many people motivated to do good in the world.”