Frequently Asked Questions
The PCE is designed for physician-clinicians, fellows and faculty, who are seeking quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research or interested in health care administration. Students must take 15 credits in the first summer, which includes the core daily morning epidemiology and biostatistics courses and afternoon electives.
The Summer Session in Public Health Studies contains a series of courses that are open to all qualified students, physicians and non-physicians. Students can enroll in one or more of these courses up to a maximum of 10 credits. For more information please go to Summer Session in Public Health Studies.
Yes. Both Summer Session and PCE applicants must apply online through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at www.sophas.org. The online applications and application materials for the two programs differ.
Applicants to the PCE must also submit a CV, a personal statement, a tuition guarantee form and three letters of recommendation through SOPHAS. The letters of recommendation should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s research potential and one should be from a division/department head verifying the applicant’s affiliation during the Summer Program. For more information see PCE Application Process and Summer Session in Public Health Studies.
The degree application deadline is December 15, 2012. The non-degree application deadline is February 1, 2013. Late applications will be considered based on available space and will incur an additional application fee.
Yes and No. The two introductory courses in Clinical Biostatistics and Epidemiology are required courses. Students must choose their Summer 2 Biostatistics section and two afternoon elective courses (one for Summer 1 and one for Summer 2). For more information see Summer Course Schedule.
No. All students in the PCE must take the full course requirement of 15 credits, which includes the core Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses. If you do not wish to do this, you should explore other programs, such as the Summer Session in Public Health Studies.
No. The PCE workload is rigorous and students are not permitted to take more than 15 credits. Due to the heavy workload, participants must be free of all clinical responsibilities throughout the Program. In addition to three classes daily, participants may have computer labs on some afternoons, and have considerable homework; 25% of last summer’s participants spent, on average, over 20 hours each week on homework assignments.
No. Degree applicants do not need to submit a second application or duplicate supporting documentation for the PCE. To have your degree application also considered for the PCE, please take the following steps after submission of your degree application:
- Notify the PCE via e-mail to ProgClinEffect@partners.org that your degree application has been submitted through SOPHAS.
- Have your tuition guarantor complete the Tuition Guarantee Form and submit it on your behalf to ProgClinEffect@partners.org. Typically, applicants have their tuition guaranteed by their sponsoring institution. Self-funded applicants will also be considered provided that they assume personal responsibility for the PCE tuition charges by completing this form.
If you have questions regarding your application to a degree program please contact the HSPH Admissions Office at 617-432-1030.
No. Acceptance to the summer PCE is no guarantee of acceptance into the HSPH degree programs. The application requirements and application review processes are different for the two programs.
No. Applicants to the MPH in Clinical Effectiveness concentration must also be accepted by the PCE Admissions Committee to gain entry to that degree program.
No. All applicants are required to have a tuition guarantee form submitted on their behalf by the application deadline (see PCE Application Process for details). Most participants have their tuition guaranteed and paid by their sponsoring institution. Some students guarantee and pay their own tuition. Applicants guaranteeing their own tuition must complete the tuition guarantee form.
Before or after completion of the summer program, qualified students may apply to a degree-granting program at HSPH. Students, who apply to and are accepted into an HSPH degree program within five years of completion of the PCE, may have a maximum of 20 academic and financial credits counted toward the degree program.