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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Boston, MA


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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 T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Harvard University holds 10,000 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals, making the Harvard T.H. Chan School a well-connected place to receive an education in public health.

The mission of the Harvard Chan School is to help advance public health, both through direct action in the community and through training public health advocates and researchers. The Harvard Chan School 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 T.H. Chan 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 the Harvard Chan School 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 the Harvard Chan School 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 T.H. Chan 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.

The Harvard Chan School Offers MPH, MHCM, SM, DrPH and Ph.D. Degree Programs in Numerous Fields

The Harvard Chan School 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.

Applicants can apply to the MPH program in a variety of fields, including: clinical effectiveness, epidemiology, global health, health and social behavior, health management, health policy, occupational and environmental health, nutrition, and quantitative methods. The MPH program at the Harvard Chan School 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. Students may pursue a Master of Science degree in the following fields: biostatistics, computational biology and quantitative genetics, environmental health, epidemiology, health data science, health policy and management; global health and population, and social and behavioral sciences. At the master’s level, the School also offers a Master in Health Care Management.

At the doctoral level, the School offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree programs. The Ph.D. is a research degree offered in fields including biological sciences, biostatistics, health policy, and population health sciences. The Harvard DrPH is a multidisciplinary practice degree that provides advanced education in public health along with high-level mastery of skills in leadership, management, communications, and innovation within a highly collaborative environment.

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.

The Harvard Chan School’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 The Harvard Chan School. 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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
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)
Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH)
Master of Public Health (MPH)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 518
Doctoral Degrees 128

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

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE, MCAT, LSAT, DAT, GMAT
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Thesis Required
Qualifying exam



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE, MCAT, LSAT, DAT, GMAT
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Recommended TOEFL Paper score: 600
TOEFL IBT score: 100
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 5.49%
Black or African American 4.81%
White or Caucasian 34%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.06%
Asian 12.15%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3.33%
Unknown 1.42%


Male (36%)
Female (63%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 376
Part-time - 128
Male (313)
Female (191)


Focus of faculty research: Combating diseases, managing health organizations, focusing on social behavior
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115-6096
United States
Contact Dr. Michelle Williams
Dean of the Faculty
Phone: 617-432-1025
Fax: 617-277-5320

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