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Howard Koh tapped for Obama administration Health and Human Services assistant secretary| From Commonwealth
Howard Koh could help shape the country’s public health agenda.
Howard Koh, a former professor at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and of Medicine, has been nominated by President Barack Obama as assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Koh (SPH’95) was the Massachusetts commissioner of public health from 1997 to 2003, and during his tenure made prevention a top priority. Before becoming commissioner, he taught at MED and at SPH, where he was appointed an assistant professor of epidemiology in 1986 and became a full professor in 1994. At present Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he is also associate dean for public health practice and director of the Division of Public Health Practice.
Koh is the second member of his family to be nominated to a top post in the Obama administration: his brother Harold, dean of Yale Law School, has been nominated to be legal advisor to the State Department.