FAQs

Summer Session

Q: Who is eligible to take courses in Summer Session?

Q: I have already applied for admission to an HSPH degree program. Do I need to resubmit my statement of purpose, resume/CV, transcripts, GRE scores, etc. in order to apply for Summer Session?

Q: I have applied to an HSPH degree program, but I haven’t heard back from the Admissions Office yet. Should I apply for summer courses and continue to wait for a response from the admissions committee? I want to make sure I’m eligible to take summer courses in the event that I am admitted.

Q: I am an international applicant. Do I need to obtain a visa to attend Summer Session?

Q: Do I have to submit GRE scores if I want to take courses in Summer Session?


Q: Who is eligible to take courses in Summer Session?

A: There are several types of students who participate in Summer Session courses:

New HSPH Degree Applicants: Students applying for a degree program at HSPH during the regular academic year may also take courses during the Summer Session. All current degree applicants will be contacted by email in January with an invitation to participate in Summer Session.

Current degree students: All current HSPH students will be contacted separately by email in January with details for Summer Session registration and deadlines.

Non-degree students:
The Summer Session is intended for health professionals in training or those who are considering a mid-career change into public health and feel the need to strengthen their skills. Participants include public health professionals, primary care practitioners, physicians engaged in the evaluation of health care delivery and management, physicians in training, and candidates for a part-time MPH program.

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Q: I have already applied for admission to an HSPH degree program. Do I need to resubmit my statement of purpose, resume/CV, transcripts, GRE scores, etc. in order to apply for Summer Session?

A: No. If you have already submitted this information to the Admissions Office, you do not need to resend it.  Since you have already applied for admission to an HSPH degree program, you will not be charged the $120 Summer Session application fee.

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Q: I have applied to an HSPH degree program, but I haven’t heard back from the Admissions Office yet. Should I apply for summer courses and continue to wait for a response from the admissions committee? I want to make sure I’m eligible to take summer courses in the event that I am admitted.

A: All 2013-2014 HSPH degree applicants will be contacted separately in January with an email invitation to participate in the Summer Session. You may register for courses; however, space in the course is not guaranteed.

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Q: I am an international applicant. Do I need to obtain a visa to attend Summer Session?

A: Yes, depending on your student status, visa requirements will apply.

You will receive visa information once your application for the Summer Session is reviewed.

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Q: Do I have to submit GRE scores if I want to take courses in Summer Session?

A: Non-degree applicants for the Summer Session are strongly encouraged to self-report their GRE scores or an appropriate substitute in SOPHAS and email or mail a copy of the score report to Summer Programs. Scores from such standardized tests can provide important information about applicants’ quantitative aptitude in particular. Please note: applicants to HSPH’s degree programs are required to submit official GRE scores.

Applicants who wish to take courses in biostatistics and epidemiology must provide either GRE scores or prior documentation showing math courses at the pre-calculus level or above.

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