Prospective Students


Welcome

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 interest 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 School Office of Admissions for general application information (applications are electronic).  Sign up here to receive relevant application and event notifications from our Admissions Office.  Applicants wishing to learn more about the Epidemiology department can contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies to schedule a call or visit.

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 Student applying through the GSAS for the PhD in Population Health Sciences, an individual may submit up to three application during the course of his or her academic career. Submission of additional applications may result in the withdrawal of the application. For application applying through SOPHAS, there is not set maximum of applications

Admissions Notes for 2020-2021

Masters of Science applicants: Standardized exams (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, and DAT) are optional for this application cycle for the DrPH, MHCM, MPH, and SM degree programs. If an applicant does not submit standardized scores we recommend highlighting quantitative abilities in other parts of the application. We do, however, still require submission of either the TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable.

PhD in Population Health Sciences (Epidemiology) applicants: Standardized test scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, but we still encourage applicants to take the exam and submit their scores with their applications. If an applicant does not submit scores we recommend highlighting quantitative abilities in other parts of the application. We do, however, still require submission of either the TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable.


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 Chan 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, one for those with prior advanced degrees, and one for those without prior advanced degrees, 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