Additional Coursework and Degree Options

Before or after completion of the summer PCE, qualified students may apply to a degree-granting program at HSPH.  Students, who apply to and are accepted into an HSPH degree program within five years of completion of the PCE, may have a maximum of 20 academic and financial credits counted toward the degree program.  Qualified students enrolled in degree programs may enroll in additional PCE courses during subsequent summers at HSPH.

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 42.5 credits beginning with the 15-credit summer PCE curriculum.

The academic year option allows students to satisfy some MPH requirements through summer coursework and the remaining requirements through academic year courses.

The summer only option gives students the opportunity to obtain 35-40 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.