Michelle Mello, professor of law and public health (right), with students in her Public Health Law class.

Options for Study

MPH candidates may complete the degree requirements on a full- or part-time basis. There is a summer-only degree completion within the Quantitative Methods and Clinical Effectiveness fields of study. Full-time, part-time, and summer-only students must fulfill the same academic requirements and all receive the MPH degree upon completion of their studies. Please note that students entering the MPH program in 2015 will be required to complete 45 credits.

Full-Time Option

Full-time students typically complete the program in two consecutive semesters (September through May). Students may elect to begin their coursework in July by enrolling in the Summer Session for Public Health Studies. Those interested in this option should contact the Office of Education for guidance.

Students in medical or dental school enter as MD/DO/MPH or DMD/DDS/MPH students after the third or fourth year of medical or dental school; these students must select the full-time option. The MPH degree is awarded following completion of the medical or dental degree. MD/DO/MPH and DMD/DDS/MPH students follow the same requirements as all MPH students.

Part-Time Option

Part-time students fulfill the requirements for the degree in two or three years. Students may select courses during the academic year, WinterSession, and/or the Summer Session for Public Health Studies. Students who work in the Boston area and who can arrange their work schedules to attend classes during the day on a traditional class schedule have been able to complete the program part-time.

Summer-Only Option

A summer-only MPH program is available for students in two fields of study: Quantitative Methods and Clinical Effectiveness. The summer-only degree option requires that students hold a doctoral degree; those with only a prior master’s or bachelor’s degree are not eligible. The summer-only program can be completed by taking courses in three consecutive summers in the Summer Session for Public Health Studies. and students also may take courses during the HSPH WinterSession. Students wishing to apply for the summer-only MPH in Quantitative Methods or Clinical Effectiveness must observe the same admissions deadlines as all MPH degree applicants.