During late 1999 and early 2000, the undergraduate members of HHPS identified a need to reach out to an audience broader than those Harvard students already interested in health policy. The idea was to reach all members of the Harvard community and to introduce them to the complexities of health policy. It was also thought that members of the public sector, private sector, and academia could benefit from well-written, informative discussions of subjects whose treatment is too often opaque or colored by political agendas.
It was in this spirit that the idea was born to publish a journal that would go far beyond the classroom to promote the discussion of current issues and trends relating to health policy.
The Harvard Health Policy Review is dedicated to broadening awareness of health policy issues. We aim to educate the Harvard community about health care policy and to stimulate thinking among our outside readership about the pressing health care questions facing the nation and the world.
The semi-annual journal strives to publish high-quality articles covering the entire spectrum of health policy issues and is designed to appeal to audiences with different degrees of familiarity with the subjects of health care and health policy.
The HHPR is published by the Harvard Health Policy Society (HHPS), an organization of Harvard undergraduates whose main purpose is to encourage discussion of health policy issues on the Harvard campus. The HHPR is supported by the University-wide Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy and is advised by a Board of Advisors comprised of professors in the fields of Medicine, Economics and Government.
The Harvard Health Policy Review has two main goals:
1.) To educate its readers about the problems facing our health care system
2.) To foster interest in the subject of health policy.
The Harvard Health Policy Review aims to appeal to anyone with at least a passing interest in one or more facets of health policy. The HHPR should be highly informative for those who study the subject of health policy in depth or who plan to pursue careers in the health care field. At the same, we strive to make the publication widely accessible. The content of the HHPR assumes no previous experience or knowledge of the relevant issues.