Welcome Master of Science in Health Policy and Management Students!

Welcome Master of Science in Health Policy and Management students!  We are so pleased that you will be joining us in August 2022.  This informational page is designed to help you transition into this program.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to Jen Moltoni (jmoltoni@hsph.harvard.edu) or Nicole Pires (npires@hsph.harvard.edu).

Feel free to also explore the items in the menu (located on the left hand side of this page), under the For Students tab.

Important Dates

Virtual Admitted Student Week: Spring 2022

Admitted students will be contacted by the Admissions Office with details of the virtual opportunities that will be happening as part of this event.  For more information, please visit:  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/admitted-students/

Fall Session Course Registration Opens: Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. ET 

Your username and password information for your Harvard Chan School portal will be sent to prior to this date, and your faculty advisor information will be updated in your portal.  Please feel free to communicate with your academic advisor regarding your course selection prior to the Add/Drop Deadline for Fall 2022.

Helpful Course Registration Links

Student Portal:  my.harvard.edu

Student Knowledge Center:  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/r-o-student-knowledge-center/

How to register for classes in my.harvard: https://harvard.service-now.com/ithelp?id=kb_article&sys_id=6af11b09dbf94bc4a752f1a51d961984

Course Catalog: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/registrar/course-catalog/

Course Evaluations: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/office-of-education/course-evaluations/

Fall Orientation:  August 22 – 26, 2022

Who should attend? All new fall students (SM, MPH, PhD and any other degree seeking students) beginning their program in August 2021 should attend this Orientation.

Attendance is required.

All new students are required to attend all scheduled days of orientation programming. Information will be presented during Orientation that is essential to your success at the School.

For more information about Orientation, please visit:  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/orientation/

Fall Courses Begin:  August 29, 2022

This is the official start of full Fall and Fall 1 terms.

Master of Science Degree Requirements (updated 4.13.21)

Program Requirements

Students must take a minimum of 42.5 credits for graduation (at least 30 of which must be taken for ordinal credit), and fulfill the course requirements below. Please note that students may only take a total of 12.5 pass/fail credits while working towards their degree.

A.    School Academic Program Core Course Requirements

  • ID 100: Foundations for Public Health
1.  Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis.

Biostatistics Core Competencies

  • Demonstrate the roles biostatistics serve in the discipline of public health.
  • Interpret graphical and descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data.
  • Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation, and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference and use them appropriately according to underlying assumptions and type of study design.
  • Interpret the results of statistical analyses to provide evidence within the context of public health, health care, biomedical, clinical and population-based studies and research.
  • Develop basic skills for utilizing statistical computing software for performing data analyses.

Biostatistics courses that fulfill the core requirement are:

BST 201 [Fall] Introduction to Statistical Methods 5.0 credits
BST 202/203


Principles of Biostatistics I and II 5.0 credits
2.   Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study of distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations; and the natural history of disease and the biologic bases of health.

Epidemiology Core Competencies

  • Describe the role of epidemiology as a quantitative approach to address problems in clinical medicine and public health.
  • Describe and apply the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, including: disease measures, association and causation, bias, confounding and effect modification and susceptibility.
  • Interpret descriptive epidemiologic results in order to develop hypotheses of possible risk factors of a disease.
  • Develop a foundation for designing valid and efficient epidemiologic studies to address public health problems, including: understanding the strengths and limitations of descriptive, observational and experimental studies.
  • Become a critical reader of epidemiologic literature by analyzing the appropriateness of study design, quality of data, methodological strategies, and interpretation of results.

Epidemiology courses that fulfill this requirement:

EPI 500 [Summer 1] Fundamentals of Epidemiology 2.5 credits
EPI 201 [Fall 1] and 

EPI 202 [Fall 2]

Introduction to Epidemiology: Methods I

Epidemiologic Methods 2: Elements of Epidemiologic Research

5.0 credits
EPI 208 [Summer] Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology 5.0 credits

B. Departmental Requirements

Students also must take an additional 10 credits in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and complete an additional 5 credits of supervised independent study under the direction of an HPM faculty member.

The 10 HPM course credits must include courses in each of the following subject areas: Economic Analysis; Quality of Care; and Health Decision Sciences.  Courses that fulfill these requirements are listed below.

1.   Economic Analysis
HPM 206 [Fall] Economic Analysis 5.0 credits
HPM 545 [Spring2] Economics of Health Care 2.5 credits
GHP 230 [Fall1] Introduction to Economics with Applications to Health and Development 2.5 credits
2.   Quality of Care
HPM 253 [Summer2] Improvement in Quality of Health Care 2.5 credits
HPM 516 [Spring2] Health Care Quality and Safety 2.5 credits
 3.   Health Decision Sciences
RDS 280 [Fall 2] Decision Analysis for Health and Medical Practices 2.5 credits
RDS 202 [Spring] Decision Science for Public Health 2.5 credits
RDS 282 [Spring 2] Economic Evaluation of Health Policy and Program Management 2.5 credits
RDS 284 [Fall] Decision Theory 5.0 credits
RDS 285 [Spring 1] Decision Analysis Methods in Public Health and Medicine 2.5 credits
RDS 286 [Summer 1] Decision Analysis in Clinical Research 2.5 credits
RDS 288 [Summer 2] Methods for Decision Making in Medicine 2.5 credits

Students may request to waive required courses in areas where they can demonstrate that they have attained the relevant competencies through prior coursework.

4.   Tutorial/Supervised Independent Study
HPM 300 [Fall/Spring] Independent Study/Tutorial 5.0 credits

Questions and More Information

Any questions about the One-Year Master of Science Program may be directed to:

Jen Moltoni

Assistant Director of Academic Programs and Student Services


Information from The Office of Student Affairs

OSA’s mission is to enrich and support the student experience at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health through a wide range of educational, cultural and social programming and resources. Among other things, OSA assists students with disabilities, works closely with the Student Association and student organizations, manages Orientation and Commencement, and serves as an information source for students. Please visit their website to learn more about the support services available to you as a Harvard Chan student.


For helpful information about housing resources in the Boston area, visit the housing website. Connect with other students and find roommates on the 2021-2022 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Students  and   2020-21 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Students groups.

If you are funding living expenses through loans, expect to live with roommates in the private market. Please visit the Office of Financial Service’s student budget page to determine loan eligibility and the estimated rent based on a shared two-bedroom apartment.


The School is committed to providing appropriate services on a case-by-case basis to students with documented learning, physical, and other disabilities who are enrolled in full or part-time degree-granting or special programs. To request accommodations, visit the Disability Services website and complete the online request form.

Harvard ID, Harvard Key, and Email

You have already received your Harvard University ID (HUID) and claimed your HarvardKey in order to log into the my.harvard Portal.  The Helpdesk will email you to set up your Harvard email roughly a month prior to your start date. In the meantime, you will receive communication to your personal email address. Your Harvard email will be your primary means of receiving School and University communications once you have set it up.

Determine Your Commute to Campus

Depending on where you live there are a few ways to get to campus:

Please note that there is no parking for students available on campus.

For International Students

All full-time international students will require a student visa (I-20 or DS2019 for Canadian students). . Instructions to request a visa can be found on the visa page of this website.

Stay connected with HPM

HPM Departmental Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/HarvardChanHPM/

HPM LinkedIn page:  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1876679

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