TAP/Affiliate Registration

Harvard faculty and staff, employees of Harvard affiliated hospitals, alumni, and certain other Boston-area public health professionals may register for up to 10.0 credits per semester as non-degree students. A Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) is available for Harvard University staff members and teaching faculty.

NON-DEGREE STUDENT REGISTRATION IS A TWO STEP PROCESS. BE MINDFUL THAT EACH STEP (LISTED BELOW) HAS DIFFERENT DEADLINES.  IN ORDER FOR YOUR REGISTRATION TO BE COMPLETE, YOU MUST FULFILL EACH STEP BY THE RESPECTIVE DEADLINE.

Step One

Follow the instructions below for the category that applies to you.  All Step One materials (electronic and paper) must be submitted by the “Online Non-Degree Student Application Deadline” as listed on the Academic Calendar.  Please note that the Online Non-Degree Student Application for Fall will open on Monday, August 4th, 2014. The Online Non-Degree Student Application for Winter Session and Spring courses will open on Thursday, December 4th, 2014.

2014-2015 Online Non-Degree Student Application and Registration Materials Deadlines:

  • Courses starting September 2, 2014: August 11, 2014
  • Courses starting October 27, 2014: October 7, 2014
  • Courses held only in January 2014: December 11, 2014
  • Courses starting January 26, 2015: January 13, 2015
  • Courses starting March 23, 2015: March 9, 2015

2014-2015 Registration Materials:


Step Two

Submit the Guest Registration form with instructors’ signatures and your payment to the HSPH Registrar’s Office on the first day of your course and no later than the “Add/Drop/Change Deadline” listed on the Academic Calendar.

2014-2015 Add/Drop/Change Deadlines:

  • Courses starting September 2, 2014: September 19, 2014
  • Courses starting October 27, 2014: October 31, 2014
  • Courses held only in January 2015: Add/Change: January 5, 2015; Drop: 2nd day of course
  • Courses starting January 26, 2015: February 13, 2015
  • Courses starting March 23, 2015: March 27, 2015

*TAP students must also submit the TAP Human Resources (HR) form with ALL signatures.

The charge per credit for the year 2014-2015 is $1184 per credit. Payment cannot be made via credit card or cash–only checks or money orders are accepted. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Harvard School of Public Health. All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable. A $25 fee will be charged for all checks returned for insufficient funds. To set up Sponsored Billing, please see the Office of Student Financial Services website.

Taking courses as a TAP, Harvard Affiliate, HSPH Alumnus, or Boston Area Public Health Professional does not imply subsequent admissions as a degree candidate nor does it automatically allow degree credit for course taken. TAP, Harvard Affiliates, Boston Area Public Health Professionals, and HSPH Alumni are subject to the same regulations as all HSPH students. Affiliate, Boston Area Public Health or HSPH Alumnus enrollment does not allow for cross-registration into other Harvard schools, MIT or Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  TAP,  Affiliates or  Alumni who are deemed to be making unsatisfactory academic progress  (GPA of less than 2.7) will not be permitted further registrations as a non-degree student.

You are ultimately responsible for submitting materials in order to complete your registration.  You will not be eligible to register if all materials are not submitted by the deadlines posted.


Harvard Affiliate

Harvard Affiliate Checklist

To be eligible to take a course as a Harvard Affiliate, you need to be a full-time, current, paid employee at one of the following institutions: Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Deaconess Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Mass General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Community Health Plan, Mass Mental Health.  This does not include Sponsored Staff who are funded by an external source. 

Harvard Affiliates will need to submit:

Step One:

  • Online Non-degree Student Application
  • A completed FERPA Form
  • Original letter certifying full-time, current employment signed on letterhead from HR officer of the affiliated institution.
  • A copy of your transcript or diploma documenting conferral of at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Step Two:


Boston Area Public Health Professional 

Boston Area Public Health Professional Checklist

To be eligible to take a course as a Boston Area Public Health Professional, you need to be a current, full time, paid public health professional in the Boston-metro area.

Boston Area Public Health Professionals will need to submit:

Step One:

  • Online Non-degree Student Application
  • A completed FERPA Form
  • Original letter certifying full-time, current employment signed on letterhead from HR officer.
  • A copy of your transcript or diploma documenting conferral of at least a Bachelor’s degree.
  • A written statement indicating reason for proposed enrollment.

Step Two:


HSPH Alumnus

HSPH Alumnus Checklist

To be eligible to take a course as a Harvard School of Public Health alumnus, you need to submit:

Step One:

Step Two:


Tuition Assistance Plan 

Tuition Assistance Plan Checklist

To participate in the TAP, you need to be either a Harvard staff member or teaching faculty working at least 17.5 hours per week.  Please consult your HR representative to determine eligibility for TAP.

To take a course, you will need to submit:

Step One:

Step Two:

  • Payment in full (checks are payable to the Harvard School of Public Health).
  • A completed TAP Form (available in Human Resources Offices).
  • Guest Registration form with signature(s) of approval from the instructor of the course(s).