Programs in Harvard’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School


The medical director of MetroWest Medical Center’s Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry Treatment Unit, Dr. Antonio Bullon has served as a physician and psychiatrist for 27 years. In addition to his work at MetroWest in Natick, Massachusetts, Dr. Antonio Bullon is an assistant professor of psychiatry and senior consultant for the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Established in the 1980s, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine puts to work research gleaned from social sciences and humanities investigation to improve medical practice and treatment as well as health care policy around the world. The department oversees numerous programs including economics, family care for the elderly, noncommunicable disease, and mental health.

– Economics: This program’s many objectives include the development of a team of scientists with expertise in global health delivery and the establishment of training platforms for students of global health, both at Harvard and beyond.

– Family Care for the Elderly: With this program, the department strives to facilitate the exchange of information between medical and social researchers and “social thinkers” in order to develop better approaches to family care. Health care training is also administered through this program.

– Noncommunicable Disease: The three-fold objective of this program involves the investigation of noncommunicable diseases around the world using social, medical, and historical fields of thought, the development of health initiatives, and the training of medical personnel, researchers, and policy makers.

– Mental Health: Focusing on the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean, this program works to support and evaluate community efforts in intervention, prevention, and diagnosis of mental health issues, as well as documenting the cultural and social influences that affect these conditions.


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