MPH Generalist (Online)

Due to COVID-related accessibility issues, the MPH program will not be considering GRE/MCAT/GMAT/LSAT/DAT scores during this year’s admissions cycle (this year only).  We recommend highlighting quantitative abilities in other parts of the application. We do, however, still require submission of either the TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable.

A Flexible Program for a Full-time Working Professional

The Master in Public Health Generalist field of study provides a rigorous, part-time, educational experience for working professionals throughout the globe. The program is designed with maximum flexibility to give students skills and applied experience.

  • Two- to three-year program, part-time only
  • Starts in the Fall semester
  • Average 15-20 hours/week of off-campus work, involving asynchronous lectures, projects, and homework assignments
  • Optional synchronous online learning opportunities for additional applied learning and engagement
  • Occasional cohort activities for networking

Because participants are employed full-time, most courses incorporate features of continuous learning in which students can immediately put new knowledge into practice in the workplace. Asynchronous classroom learning is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace and time. Complemented with optional synchronous sessions for each class, these opportunities encourage students to learn from each other’s real-time work experiences and apply concepts. Homework and small group assignments complement this approach by enabling students to apply skills learned in the classroom. Students will begin their applied practice experience, in their final year, which enables students to apply the skills learned from coursework into a practicum project.

Throughout the duration of a student’s program, they will have a wide variety of supports to help them meet their academic and professional goals. These individuals include the field of study leader, administrative program staff, and academic advisor. Students are welcome to make connections with other Harvard Chan faculty who may serve as professional mentors during their time in the program. MPH-GEN students have access to the Office of Career and Professional Development as well as the ability to utilize HSPH’s Alumni Network.

For a comprehensive overview of the MPH Generalist curriculum, structure, and program policies, please consult the MPH Generalist Curriculum Guide.

Who Should Apply?

The MPH Generalist is designed for full-time working professionals who want to gain the needed skillset to address current and future public health challenges, no matter their organization.

Eligible applicants for the MPH Generalist must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Hold a doctoral degree in a health profession or academic area related to public health.(International medical degrees also qualify as a doctoral degree.)
  2. Hold a professional master’s degree in a health-related field with at least three years of health-related work experience following completion of the degree.
  3. Hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of post-baccalaureate experience in a relevant health-related field.

Current medical and dental students are not eligible for the MPH Generalist program.