What is the Harvard Global Public Health for Nurse Leaders Certificate Program?

The certificate is a nine-month, part-time program consisting of three courses — two in-person and one remote. A remote option is offered for the entire program in some circumstances. Each course is held over a five day period with pre- and post-session work anticipated.

Who is eligible to participate in the HGPHNL certificate program? Are there any prerequisites?

The HGPHNL certificate program is for nurse and midwife leaders from Africa who have a bachelor’s degree or non U.S. equivalent, and leadership experience.

I am an international applicant. Do I need to obtain a visa to attend the in-person sessions in Africa?

Students will need to comply with the visa requirements of Kenya. More information on requiring a visa will be available at a later date.

What is the remote learning experience like?

Online courses at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health cover the same material in a rigorous manner as similar courses offered to other certificate students. Students are expected to keep up with the assignments and homework, but will have the flexibility of selecting the time for coursework, allowing for full-time professionals to be a part of the program.

When will I be notified with an admission decision?

Decision letters will go out in mid-April.

Does the program offer scholarships or financial assistance?

Yes, there is some financial assistance available. However, because of the part-time nature of this program, U.S. federal aid is not available. For more information on financial assistance, contact the HGPHNL program at globalnursing@hsph.harvard.edu

Is there a U.S. in-person component to the program?

At this time, there is not a U.S. in-person component to this program. However, there will be two in-person sessions held at the African Union in Kenya.

Can I take other courses at Harvard?

No. This is a self-contained program where the courses are sequential and build upon one another. Also the program is a cohort experience with opportunity for networking during and between courses.

Will the School arrange housing and travel for the in-person sessions?

No. The School does not arrange for housing and travel. If a student receives financial support for travel and housing, they are expected to make their own arrangements.

Can I participate remotely for in-person classes?

No. The purpose of the in-person classes is for students to have a cohort-based experience. Connections with fellow students are often cited as one of the most important experiences of time in-person.

How many students are in a cohort?

We anticipate approximately 15-20 students in the cohort.

When are the application deadlines?

The certificate early application deadline is February 1, 2023. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2023.

I missed the deadline – can I submit a late application?

Late applications or applications that have late components will be reviewed only if space is still available after March 1, 2023. Beginning your application early in the application cycle is important to an on-time submission given the requested materials.

How much work should I expect outside of class, and what will be the nature of the assignments?

The courses all include reading and exercises both pre- and post-sessions. Written papers and presentations also will be assigned. Between courses plan to spend an average of five hours per week on your assignments.

Can I choose which courses I take?

No. All courses are required for the completion of the certificate.

Are computers required? What access requirements should I expect?

Students must have access to a PC or Mac, tablet or Smart phone to access the remote course sessions and have internet access. It is suggested that you be proficient in the use of web-based email and Microsoft Office: Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Some assistance is available for purchasing the necessary computers. For more information on financial assistance, contact the HGPHNL program at globalnursing@hsph.harvard.edu .

The School’s Media and Educational Technology Services (METS) team will offer remote training sessions that will allow for testing and troubleshooting of your remote connection using a variety of technologies used in the course. Additionally, support will be provided via email or phone from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Boston time.

What is the language of instruction for this certificate program?

All in-person and remote courses will be held in English.