Education and Leadership Development

Preparing and inspiring the next generation of scholars and leaders is an essential component to achieving a malaria free world. To address this challenge, Harvard University has established major educational and training activities focused on malaria.

Science and its Translation

Current tools to combat malaria have yielded tremendous progress, but more remains to be done to meet the aspiration of eradication. It is critical to develop new tools that can be deployed rapidly to affected areas for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Strategic Decision Making

In order to make sound public health decisions, clinical evidence is essential. We must synthesize an array of different types of information from diverse sources, to produce the best estimates of the health consequences and economic costs of different interventions and programs.

Organizations and Operational Performance

Access to health technologies continues to be a key obstacle for endemic countries in the fight against malaria. Inefficient interfaces between the public and private sector keep health systems from functioning effectively.

Communications and Advocacy

Communication and marketing strategies have played crucial roles in achieving major progress against malaria, with the tangible symbol of the insecticide-treated bed net providing a powerful marketing tools, such as – “$10 buys a net and saves a life.”

Innovation Fund

Defeating Malaria’s Innovation Fund supports innovative and evidence-based practices, programs, and strategies that significantly advance the fight against the disease.


Get Involved

Malaria stands at an inflection point. As we begin working on defeating malaria, we need you — and others like you — to contribute meaningfully to the fight against this terrible disease and support the path to elimination and eradication.

Get involved with us through research, education, on campus events, and virtual discussions. Together we will translate scientific knowledge into action.

Harvard has both a responsibility and an opportunity to make great advances in the field of malaria.

Harvard is a global university, dedicated to creating new knowledge and educating leaders. Across the University, Harvard faculty, students, and collaborators are working to advance biomedical research and innovation, and improve our understanding of the global impact of malaria through Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Initiative.

Harvard Launches a Free New Online Course: MalariaX

MalariaX explores cutting-edge science and technology and examines policies needed to control and eliminate malaria. Available with transcripts in English and French, faculty instructors guide learners to analyze real-world data, demonstrating effective applications with a focus on the development and implementation of evidence-based intervention strategies for national and local malaria eradication efforts. Enroll today.

News & Events

Student insights on malaria

Sarah McGough is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow for the free, open-access online course, PH425x “MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe” on the edX platform. McGough shares how she got involved with malaria eradication and MalariaX.

Battling infectious diseases

Past president of ASTMH, Regina Rabinovich, the ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence at Harvard University, has her sights set on how to address pressing public and global health issues.

MalariaX: a free online course

Together with edX, an online education platform, HarvardX launched a free online course called: “MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe.” Enroll today and gain insights on cutting-edge science and technology for malaria and examine key public health policies needed to control and eliminate malaria.