Interdisciplinary Concentrations and Programs

Huttenhower-copy1Degree candidates have the option of pursuing a variety of interdisciplinary concentrations. These concentrations are non-degree programs designed to deepen students’ experience in academic or professional areas aligned with their career goals. Some concentrations are restricted to students in certain programs. Please see the links below for more information on these opportunities.

  • Women, Gender and Health: This interdisciplinary concentration is geared toward students who desire careers in research, teaching, and programs related to women, gender, and health. For more information please click here.
  • Epidemiology and Infectious Disease: This interdisciplinary concentration has a well-established multidisciplinary approach, with a transdepartmental foundation for education and research that includes the Departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Global Health and Population, Health Policy and Management, and Immunology and Infectious Diseases. For more information please click here.
  • Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families: The goal of this concentration is to improve the health of children and their families through educating leaders in maternal and child health/children, youth, and families (MCH/CYF). For more information please click here.
  • Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention: This interdisciplinary concentration is designed for students interested in training in the theoretical, methodological, and applied knowledge and skills necessary to conduct obesity-related epidemiologic and prevention research. For more information please click here.
  • Public Health Leadership: This interdisciplinary concentration was developed to improve the leadership skills of students in order to meet the public health challenges facing society in the 21st century. For more information please click here.
  • Humanitarian Studies, Ethics and Human Rights: Humanitarian emergencies, natural and man-made, have cataclysmic public health implications for communities and especially for the most vulnerable populations. For more information please click here.
  • Nutrition and Global Health: The Nutrition and Global Health concentration is designed to build upon a strong base of ongoing research, teaching, collaborative work, and training in nutrition and global health at the Harvard Chan School. For more information please click here.
  • Therapeutics Graduate Program: The Therapeutics Graduate Program focuses on pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery, emphasizing research in both HMS labs and in real-world internships. For more information please click here.
  • Leder Human Biology & Translational Medicine Program: The LHB Program has two goals. First, it provides PhD students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of human biology and disease, primarily through a series of courses, to enrich their basic science training and broaden their research interests. Second, it demystifies the culture and practice of medicine, facilitating future collaborations with clinicians and physician-scientists, through activities designed to bring students into a hospital environment for direct contact with physicians, patients, medical students, and physician-scientists. For more information please click here.
  • Harvard Infectious Diseases Consortium (IDC): IDC is made up of students, fellows, and faculty from the Harvard community who share an interest in understanding infectious diseases and their effects on people and societies. The IDC aims to build community between infectious disease researchers at Harvard and to connect trainees to career opportunities in infectious disease. IDC activities include a J-term “Intro to Infectious Diseases” boot camp course, seminars, mentoring events with infectious disease professionals in diverse careers, social activities, and an annual retreat. For more information please click here.
  • Graduate Program in Bacteriology (GPiB): GPiB is a graduate concentration that aims to create community, collaboration, and career development support for students working on diverse aspects of bacteriology at Harvard. GPiB courses teach students to identify and address outstanding questions in microbiology using classical and modern approaches. The program also provides students with opportunities to engage with each other in journal clubs, social hours, and more. In addition, the program hosts career symposia with alumni and other events to help prepare students for their next steps after graduation. For more information, please contact