Master of Public Health 45-credit


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program provides students with a breadth of knowledge, subject-specific expertise, specialized skills, and a powerful global network. MPH students benefit from an innovative curriculum that employs unique educational experiences in and out of the classroom. The MPH program is designed to teach analytical and quantitative methods, as well as cultivate problem-solving skills and the application of public health training in real-world situations.  

With an array of options for specific fields of study, the MPH program will offer you the intellectual foundation and training needed to lead change and make a difference in communities around the world.  


The Master of Public Health 45-credit degree provides established professionals and medical students with the requisite knowledge and powerful global network needed to progress their careers in public health. 

  • Abbreviation: MPH-45 
  • Degree format: On campus 
  • Time commitment: Full-time or part-time 
  • Average program length: 1 year full-time (typically completed in 2 semesters) 
  • Estimated cohort size: 350 
  • Start term 
    • Clinical Effectiveness: Summer or fall, depending on PCE completion; contact admissions or the MPH office for details
    • Quantitative Methods: Summer or fall
    • Global Health, Health and Social Behavior, Health Management, Health Policy, Occupational and Environmental Health, and Quantitative Methods: Fall

Admission information

Eligibility requirements

In general, applicants for the MPH-45 degree must have one of the following: 

  • A bachelor’s degree, plus five or more years of relevant health experience (for the epidemiology, generalist, global health, health and social behavior, health management, and health policy fields of study only).
  • A master’s degree in a health-related field—for example, MSN, MSW, MBA—plus at least two years of relevant health experience.
  • A prior doctoral degree—for example, MD, DO, DMD, DDS, PhD, SD, JD—or equivalent.
  • Completed the primary clinical year of medical or dental school or be a 1L student at Harvard Law School. For more information, visit Dual/Joint Degrees. 

Application requirements

All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS – the centralized application for schools and programs of public health. In addition to the application, applicants must submit:

  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Official test scores (not required/not reviewed)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resumé/curriculum vitae
  • Post-secondary transcripts or mark sheets (World Education Services credential evaluation for applicants with degrees from outside of the United States.)
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), if applicable

Learn more about the application process.

Application deadline