Prospective Students



Candidates for admission to the SM in Health Data Science program should have successfully completed the following:

    • An undergraduate degree in mathematical sciences or allied fields (e.g. statistics, computational biology, mathematics, economics, statistics, computer science, physics, or engineering), with a strong interest in health science
    • Practical knowledge of computer scripting and programming as well as some experience with a statistical computing package such as R or Python
    • Calculus through multivariable integration
    • One semester of linear algebra or matrix methods
    • Applicants should also show excellence in written and spoken English


Funding for master’s students is limited, and all applicants are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships.  The Department will try to match master’s applicants with competitive Harvard scholarships in the area of their research interest, master’s students are encouraged to find part-time research or teaching assistantships.

For more assistance with funding for master’s programs, please contact SPH Student Financial Services.