HSPH Catalog, 2013-2014
Every effort is made to ensure the information contained in this catalog is accurate at the time of publication. However, the Harvard School of Public Health reserves the right to make changes without notice in tuition and fees, admission and degree requirements, courses of instruction, faculty, and other information contained herein. These changes will govern all students, including those who matriculated before the changes occurred.
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As a matter of policy, law, and commitment, the Harvard School of Public Health does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries about nondiscrimination policies: Linda Picard, senior director of human resources, Office of Human Resources, 90 Smith Street, Boston, MA 02115. Inquiries about the application of nondiscrimination policies concerning race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability also may be referred to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, J.W. McCormack POCH, Room 222, Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109 USA.
The university, in accordance with its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in admission or access to programs and activities. The Office for Student Affairs assists all students with learning, manual, mobility, hearing, visual, and other disabilities.
For more information, please contact the director for student affairs and/or see the support services section of the Office for Student Affairs website, as well as the HSPH Student Handbook.
According to Chapter 151c, Section 2B, of the General Laws of Massachusetts, any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or denominational training institution, who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or requirement that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day, provided that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden on the school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making such opportunity available to the student, and no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student for availing himself or herself of these provisions.
In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, the Harvard University Police Department publishes an annual security booklet entitled Playing It Safe. The booklet describes Harvard’s security policies, provides statistical information on the occurrence of crime on campus, and outlines some of the counseling programs the university offers. Students may obtain a copy of this booklet from the HSPH Office of Admissions, 158 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (phone: 617-432-1031; web: http://www.hupd.harvard.ed/playing_it_safe.php).
Massachusetts state law, as set forth in Chapter 51, Section 42E (Section 17 of Chapter 475 of the Acts of 1993), requires educational institutions to make available affidavits of voter registration. Eligible students may register to vote at registration, and mail-in registration affidavits are available from the Registrar’s Office. Students from other states who desire to vote in a state other than Massachusetts may use the federal mail-in affidavit of voter registration or a mail-in form supplied by the state. These students may contact the appropriate state election official to receive the state form or may contact the Massachusetts Elections Division, Room 1705, McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108 USA, for a federal form.
The Harvard School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.