Prospective Students


Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where Research, Methodology, and Education are key to accomplishing our mission.  With multiple degree options and twelve areas of specialization to choose from, epidemiology students have the flexibility conducive to focused research, with the support of Harvard University’s well-established faculty and research opportunities.

Interested applicants can contact the Harvard Chan Office of Admissions for general application information (applications are electronic).  Sign up to receive relevant application and event notifications from our Admissions Office.  Applicants wishing to learn more about the Epidemiology department can contact our academic team through email.

Faculty in the PGSG advise students in both the Epidemiology and Biostatistics departments. Prospective students can apply to either department. While it is possible to apply to both departments, it is typically not recommended. For Students applying through the GSAS for the PhD in Population Health Sciences, an individual may submit up to three applications during the course of his/her/their academic career. Submission of additional applications may result in the withdrawal of the application. For applicants applying through SOPHAS, there is not a set maximum of applications


Application Page

Apply for PhD Population Health Sciences

Apply for 42.5 Cr Masters(Academic year & Summer), 80 Credit Masters, and MPH

Which Masters program is right for you?

The School offers multiple options to obtain Masters level training in quantitative methods for epidemiologic and other clinical research through a Master of Science in Epidemiology or Masters in Public Health.

Programs are tailored for those with varying levels of experience and different scheduling requirements. We have traditional academic year (September through May) programs, as well as summer-only and blended online/on-campus programs.

Selecting a program that fits your needs and aligns with your current experience in Public Health and related fields is the first step in the application process. We hope that our Degree Flow Charts listed below will help you select the best program for your needs. Once you have selected one or more that meets your needs, we encourage you to reach out to the appropriate staff member as indicated on the flow charts if you have additional questions.

Department of Epidemiology Degree Program Flowcharts

Harvard Epidemiology Degree Flow chart for applicants with a prior advanced degree
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Epidemiology Degree Program

Harvard Epidemiology Degree Flow chart for applicants without a prior advanced degree
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Epidemiology Degree Program