Additional Coursework & Degree Options

Applicants interested in pursuing the PCE and a degree program may:

  • Apply to both programs simultaneously; or
  • Apply to the degree program after completing the PCE.
    • Students must apply to and be admitted to the degree program within 5 years of completing non-degree credits to have a maximum of 20 non-degree credits counted toward the degree.

Degree students may enroll in additional PCE courses during subsequent summers. Harvard Chan School offers two master’s degree programs, both of which offer options for summer only or academic year study.

Master of Science Degree

Master of Science (SM) degree programs differ from department to department. PCE participants seeking this degree generally apply to the 42.5 credit Master of Science degree in the Department of Epidemiology. There are two options for this degree program available.

The academic year option requires a total of 42.5 credits of coursework in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and electives. There is no research/thesis requirement for the academic year option.

The summer only option also requires a total of 42.5 credits. Participants take a full complement of courses (30-37.5 credits) that are offered over two or three summers and, in addition, obtain 5-12.5 academic credits for implementing and completing a research project (thesis) at their home institution under the joint supervision of a local mentor and a member of the Harvard faculty.

Master of Public Health Degree

Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs are designed to train health professionals for leadership roles in public health. MPH students select from among seven concentration areas; the Clinical Effectiveness concentration has been developed specifically for students who participate in the PCE. There are two options for the MPH in Clinical Effectiveness and both require 45 credits beginning with the 15-credit summer PCE curriculum.

The academic year option allows students to satisfy MPH requirements through a combination of summer and academic year courses.

The summer only option gives students the opportunity to obtain 37.5-42.5 credits over a three-summer period and complete a 2.5-7.5 credit “practicum” at their home site under the joint supervision of a local mentor and a member of the Harvard faculty.