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Harvard School of Public Health Harvard University

  • Boston, MA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 59%41%
    student ratio
  • 1,149
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Harvard University School of Public Health Advances the Public Health by Direct Action and by Training Future Leaders

Harvard University is an Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with 10 schools including the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Harvard University holds 10,000 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals, making the Harvard School of Public Health a well-connected place to receive an education in public health.

The mission of HSPH is to help advance public health, both through direct action in the community and through training public health advocates and researchers. HSPH offers a vibrant intellectual learning community in which students are trained to become future leaders in the science of public health, with both the ability and knowledge to solve future public health problems, and the communication skills and experience to communicate those solutions to others and ensure that they are enacted.

The Harvard School of Public Health also places a high value on public service, encouraging students to participate in community service activities by leading the way with university-sponsored service activities that help communities to advance the health of their own populations, whether by assisting with clinics or simply raising awareness.

The faculty and students at HSPH have a wide range of interests and areas of specialization, as befits an interdisciplinary field such as public health. Students learn the scientific biological foundations to help study complex modern diseases such as AIDS and cancer, learning about how they work. Students are also trained in quantitative disciplines such as biostatistics and epidemiology, enabling them to take a broader view when analyzing the larger impact of health problems across a population.

In addition, students at HSPH study social sciences to gain insight into societal influences on health-related behavior, allowing them to better understand how people think and how they might be educated to make healthier lifestyle choices.

The Harvard School of Public Health not only trains future leaders, but also is a leader in research that contributes globally to public health. Harvard University's extensive resources are brought to bear on the problem of public health, providing HSPH with the resources, funding, laboratories, and experienced faculty required to make a difference.

HSPH Offers MPH, MOH, and DPH Degrees Along with Ph.D. and Master and Doctor of Science Degrees in Numerous Fields

Harvard's School of Public Health offers a number of degree programs. The most widely recognized professional public health credential is the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, which is designed for leadership in public health, whether in the government, international, or private sector.

The MPH degree focuses on giving students the wide, interdisciplinary background necessary to solve modern public health problems. Students cover a core curriculum of public health fundamentals, including biostatistics, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health sciences, and epidemiology.

After the core set of classes, students choose a specialty focus to match their interests and career choice, following a program in clinical effectiveness, family and community health, health care management and policy, international health, law and public health, occupational and environmental health, or quantitative methods. The MPH program at HSPH has graduated a number of distinguished alumni, including five of the last seven directors at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many other possible degrees are available at HSPH besides the Master of Public Health. There is also a Master of Occupational Health (MOH) degree and a Ph.D. in biostatistics, molecular and integrative physiological sciences, genetics and complex diseases, health policy, nutrition, and immunology and infectious diseases.

In addition, a Doctor of Public Health (DPH) degree is available in the fields of nutrition; occupational health; epidemiology; global health and population; society, human development, and health; and health communication.

Students may also earn a Master of Science degree in the following fields: biostatistics; exposure, epidemiology, and risk; epidemiology; occupational health; health policy and management; global health and population; healthcare management; society, human development, and health; and health communication.

HSPH also offers a Doctor of Science degree in the fields of exposure, epidemiology, and risk; molecular and integrative physiological sciences; epidemiology; immunology and infectious diseases; nutrition; occupational health; global health and population; health policy and management; society, human development, and health; and health communication.

Harvard University School of Public Health Offers a Wide Variety of Special Interdisciplinary Concentrations

The Harvard University School of Public Health has a number of special interdisciplinary concentrations that take a broad-based approach to public health education.

A special maternal and child health concentration prepares students to be leaders in improving the health of children and their families, while a related concentration in obesity epidemiology and prevention gives students the theoretical, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills to study the modern health problem of obesity. Women, gender, and health gives students a broad interdisciplinary background to help research and teach health issues related to women and gender.

HSPH's institutes and health centers take multidisciplinary approaches to public health research, assuring that knowledge and discoveries benefit students in many disciplines, and eventually the health of the public at large.

Harvard School of Public Health Students Receive Aid from Federal Loans, Fellowships, Assistantships, and More

Students have a number of options for financial support at HSPH. Academic departments are the primary source of grant support, while most financial aid is obtained through federal student loan programs. Students may also apply for school-wide scholarships, fellowships, training and research grants, institutional funds, and teaching or research assistantship positions.

Location & Contact

Harvard School of Public Health

Harvard University

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-6096
United States

Dr. Julio Frenk

Dean of the Faculty

Phone: 617-432-1025
Fax: 617-277-5320

Mr. Vincent James

Director of Admissions

Phone: 617-432-1031
Fax: 617-432-7080

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Health Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (SM)
      Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health (JD/MPH)
      Doctor of Science (SD)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 426
    • Doctoral Degrees 87
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required for some and Required for some
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and qualifying exam
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


30% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,455
    • Accepted 749
    • Acceptance Rate 30
    • Enrolled 566
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $120
    • Application Fee - International $120
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, MCAT, LSAT, DAT, GMAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS recommended, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$930.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students1149
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students1149
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian57%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty487
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%



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