Curriculum

masaThe Summer Session offers courses for academic credit in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics
  • Global Health and Population
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Society, Human Development, and Health

These courses provide the framework for advanced study in every field of public health. They are essential for the practice of public health, for population-based primary care, and for the evaluation of clinical effectiveness in specialty medicine.

The public health “core” curriculum offered during the Summer Session remains largely the same from year to year. Summer Session courses are taught by members of the Harvard faculty and are academically challenging. The courses are the same as those offered to degree candidates during the regular academic year except they are compressed into three weeks of daily classes. Students may complete one or two 2.5 credit courses per session, for a maximum of 5 credits per session or a total of 10 credits for the two sessions. As the coursework is very intensive and fast-paced, students registered for two courses in one session should not undertake other work commitments. No auditors are allowed.