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 beyond the virtual 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.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Generalist field of study is a part-time, online program designed for working professionals with broad public health interests.
- Abbreviation: MPH-GEN
- Degree format: Online
- Time commitment: Part-time
- Average program length: 2 years part-time
- Weekly expectations: Average 15–20 hours/week of work, involving asynchronous lectures, individual and group projects, and homework assignments
- Estimated cohort size: 50 students
- Start term: Fall
- The MPH degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership in public health.
- Online asynchronous courses allow students to attend weekly classes on their own schedule. Complemented with optional synchronous sessions, students are encouraged to learn from each other’s real-time work experiences and apply concepts.
- Attracting professionals from all over the world, each cohort provides a diverse mixture of domestic and international students working in an array of industries.
- Learn from the same Harvard Chan faculty that teach residential programs. The modality of the program may be different, but the quality of learning is just the same.
- Under a combination of group and individualized mentorship by Harvard faculty members, each student designs and implements a practicum proposal to gain field-based learning. The practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply their skills, address a health-related issue of interest, and showcase what they learned.
Graduates of the MPH Generalist program will receive a well-rounded public health education, preparing them to succeed within their current professional role or progress their career in the following fields:
- Academic medicine
- Health care management
- Hospital/health care delivery
- Non-profit/Non-government organizations
- Private practice
- Private sector institutions
- Public and private health agencies
In general, applicants for the MPH Generalist must have one of the following:
- A bachelor’s degree plus five or more years of relevant health experience.
- A master’s degree in a health-related field—for example, MSN, MSW, MBA (the strongest applicants will have at least two years of relevant work experience following completion of the degree).
- A prior doctoral degree—for example, MD, DO, DMD, DDS, PhD, SD, JD—or equivalent.
Current medical and dental students are not eligible for the MPH Generalist program.
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
Applicants may apply to only one degree program for either full- or part-time status. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and decisions are released via email in late February/early March. Decisions are not released until all application components are received.