Applicants for the MPH program ordinarily hold a doctoral degree or non-U.S. equivalent in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law, or other fields related to public health – for example, biology or other natural, behavioral, or social sciences. Individuals with a master’s degree in nursing, social work, business administration, or a field closely related to public health and who have at least three years of health-related work experience also may be considered for admission to the program. Preference is given to applicants with clearly identified career goals relevant to the program and strong academic backgrounds.
Students currently enrolled in accredited U.S.-based MD, DO, DMD, or DDS programs (and JD/MPH students at Harvard Law School) who have a career interest in public health and/or preventive medicine, also are eligible to apply for admission to the MPH program. Medical and dental students undertake the MPH program while on leave of absence between the third and fourth year of medical or dental school. For more information: MPH Dual Degrees
Those without the required professional degree or experience should consider an 80-credit SM program offered by one of the HSPH departments. For more information about HSPH degree programs: 2012-2013 HSPH Catalog