Students receive course descriptions and information about course meeting times, registration procedures and requirements, course load requirements, and payment of tuition and fees prior to registration. Every new resident degree candidate is expected to check in, in person, on August 25, 2014, for the 2014–15 academic year.

HSPH degree candidates may enroll in courses offered by the other Harvard faculties, MIT, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Students intending to cross-register should be aware that registration deadlines vary from school to school. Students must conform to the registration requirements of the school into  which they are cross-registering as well as those of HSPH. Harvard University maintains an online catalog of all courses offered at the university. This Harvard University Course Catalog is searchable by school, topic, time, and instructor. Also listed at this site are relevant, school-specific cross-registration policies and credit equivalencies.