Tips for New Students

  • Get to know your classmates. Harvard attracts people from all over the world, each with unique professional and personal experiences. Take time to learn about each other’s cultures, backgrounds, and motivations for being in public health.
  • Learn to work in groups to review assignments and prepare for exams. One of your best resources is your fellow students. Talk to each other and work together to understand new material. It often helps to form groups before an exam and have each member review specific chapters or topics covered in the class. The reviews can be very helpful for studying for the written exam as well.
  • The Epidemiology Student Handbook is your guide to information about department degree requirements, areas of interest, course information, and Epidemiology Department resources.
  • In addition to the Epi Student Handbook, take time to review the Harvard School of Public Health Handbook that includes school-wide requirements, information about how to obtain a locker, legal services, and other helpful information.
  • For some, the transition to a new environment can be very difficult. While at Harvard, you have free access to mental health services. To learn more call 617-432-1370 or visit the HUHS website:
  • It is never too early to think about other sources of funding and your career after HSPH. To learn about other funding sources and jobs, visit the Office of Student Financial Services and the Career Services Office. You can also access information about Harvard Chan business cards through the Career Services site.