Robin Herman has been appointed assistant dean for communications at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). She has served as director of the School’s office of communications for the past six years.
“Robin has provided an extraordinary level of service to the School community,” said HSPH Dean Barry Bloom. “With her small team, she has led a very effective effort to disseminate our important research findings. During her tenure, our faculty has consistently topped the number of articles and citations in print and electronic media compared to other schools of public health. She has worked to improve communications within HSPH, as well as communication coordination and outreach within the University, with our national associations, and to the public at large.”
Since 2004, Herman has co-taught “ID284: The Media and Health Communication: Practical Skills,” a popular course at HSPH that demystifies the media and that teaches students how to deliver public health messages to the public. Said fellow teacher Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health, “Robin adds to the energy, vitality, and mission of our School in a multitude of ways. It’s been a joy to witness her heartfelt dedication and commitment to teaching health communication to eager and appreciative students. She also has a wide range of talents as a media and communications expert with decades of national experience. This new title recognizes her many contributions and is so well deserved.”
Prior to coming to HSPH, Herman worked as a journalist at The New York Times and The Washington Post. She also authored a history of science book, “Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy.”