Summer Session for Public Health Studies

The Summer Session for Public Health Studies introduces students to the core areas of public health in two intensive sessions. The program helps students develop the ability to define, assess, and evaluate health needs; participate in the development of health policy; and ensure the delivery of health services.

Students in the Summer Session attend one or two three-week sessions in July and August. Each course is 2.5 credits, and the maximum recommended course load is 5 credits (two courses) per session. Because the coursework is intensive and fast paced, students registered for two courses in a session are advised not to have other work commitments.

The Summer Session is intended for health professionals in training or those who are considering a midcareer change into public health and feel the need to strengthen their skills. Summer students are public health professionals, primary care practitioners, physicians engaged in the evaluation of health care delivery and management, physicians in training, and candidates for a part-time mph program. Students
accepted for admission to an HSPH degree program may choose to begin their studies early by enrolling in the Summer Session. Other students may subsequently seek admission to an HSPH degree program. Students eligible for the MPH in the quantitative methods or clinical effectiveness field of study may apply for a Summer-only MPH, which must be completed over three consecutive summers.

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Contact Information:
For Summer Session:
Stephanie Greguoli, program administrator
677 Huntington Avenue, Kresge G-29
Boston, MA 02115 USA
Phone: 617-432-1558
Fax: 617-432-3365
Email: summerprograms@hsph.harvard.edu (specify Summer Session on subject line)
Web: hsph.harvard.edu/summer 

For Summer-Only MPH:
Roberta Gianfortoni, MA, assistant dean for professional education
Office of Education
677 Huntington Avenue, Kresge G-29
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-0090
Fax: 617-432-3365
Email: roberta@hsph.harvard.edu