Below are common questions received from prospective and current students. If you have additional questions, please contact the HCC Coordinator.

When do I enroll in the Health Communication Concentration?

Eligible students have until the beginning of the Spring term in the year they graduate to formally declare their intention to concentrate. Eligible students who meet the course requirements should submit the Intent to Concentration Declaration Form to the HCC Coordinator.

Alternatively, eligible students may opt to submit an official declaration of intent shortly after enrollment. While not required, it helps us plan the offerings of HCC-related courses and other planned activities.

Do I have to be enrolled to express interest in the Health Communication Concentration?

No. Prospective students can indicate their interest in the Concentration on their application, but it is not required.

Who is eligible to concentration in the Health Communication Concentration? 

The HCC is open to all enrolled Masters and Doctoral students, regardless of departmental affiliation, although eligibility is subject to department approval.

I am applying to a doctoral program and do not think I will have time to fulfill the requirements for the Concentration.  Is there another way for me to be involved?

Doctoral students can “minor” in Health Communication. Rules regarding minors vary by department, so check with your department’s administrator for details.  At a minimum, you may attend lectures and discussions and meet colleagues with related interests.

How do I cross-register for HCC elective courses that are offered at other Harvard schools?

The Harvard University Cross-Registration Course Catalog website allows students to connect with other Harvard- affiliated schools’ Registrar’s Offices and to view course offerings. The website also provides guidelines for converting credits between Schools and lists cross-registration deadlines.

Are there additional fees associated with the Health Communication Concentration?

No. Students do not pay additional fees to participate in HCC seminars and workshops. However, students should consult the Registrar’s Office regarding tuition costs for coursework.