Harvard School of Public Health campus in the summer

Summer-Only MPH

HSPH offers a summer-only option for the MPH program in two concentrations: Quantitative Methods and Clinical Effectiveness. Qualified students with an interest in the areas of quantitative methods or clinical effectiveness may complete the MPH degree through courses offered in the Summer Session for Public Health Studies. The summer-only MPH program is available only for the two areas noted, and the selection of courses is limited. The degree requirements take three years to complete, over three consecutive summers. Applicants to the summer-only MPH program must hold a doctoral degree; applicants holding only a bachelor’s or master’s degree are not eligible for the summer-only MPH option. Students selecting a summer-only degree option may not take courses during the academic year.

Program Options and Admissions Requirements

The summer-only MPH concentrations share most of the same course offerings; however, the entry point for each concentration is different.

Quantitative Methods

The summer-only MPH Quantitative Methods (QM) program is open to individuals with an MD or PhD. The Quantitative Methods concentration is designed to prepare health care professionals whose key strength will be in the application of numeric analysis to the health needs of communities large and small. The concentration emphasizes study design, data analysis, and the application of quantitative methods to decision-making and to research in public health. Students pursue courses in a variety of areas, such as the distribution of diseases and behavior.

Clinical Effectiveness

The Clinical Effectiveness (CLE) concentration is available only to physicians who have completed their residency and have the financial sponsorship of their home hospital or university. The Clinical Effectiveness concentration is intended to prepare clinicians for leadership roles in evaluating and improving all aspects of health care delivery. Clinical Effectiveness is concerned with identifying the most appropriate, ethical, and cost-effective means of providing health care through prevention, early-detection, and treatment. Students in this program must be admitted to and attend the Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE), an intensive seven-week, 15-credit program during their first summer. Applicants interested in the summer-only MPH in Clinical Effectiveness must complete the SOPHAS application and indicate their interest in both the MPH and PCE programs on the application. In addition, applicants must review and complete the PCE degree applicant instructions.

For additional information about the Program in Clinical Effectiveness, please contact:
Barbara C. Rosen, Administrator
Phone: 617-732-5500 x3-2436
Fax: 617-732-5344
E-mail: ProgClinEffect@partners.org
Website: www.hsph.harvard.edu/clineff

Schedule

Courses are offered for both concentrations during the Summer Session for Public Health Studies during an intensive seven weeks beginning in early July. (The seven weeks cover both Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions). Students will take between 10 and 15 credits each summer during three consecutive summers. Between summers, students are expected to work on applied research projects to complement their didactic training. Summer-only MPH students are also permitted to apply for courses offered during WinterSession.

2013 Summer Session: Monday, July 1 – Friday, August 16
Session 1: Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 26
Session 2: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 16

Practicum and Culminating Experience

This opportunity permits a field practicum wherein students can apply techniques acquired from the classroom to active investigations. The primary goal of this program is to provide students with the broad-based competencies needed to perform these investigations. Finally, all students must present the results of their projects in a capstone seminar held during the last summer of their program.

Quantitative Methods

The practicum for the Quantitative Methods concentration will follow the same guidelines and will focus on a variety of quantitative public health subjects. The practice will provide students with a culminating experience that combines work during the year primarily between Summer II and Summer III with contact with fellow students via email and study groups.

Clinical Effectiveness

For students in the Clinical Effectiveness concentration, an off-site practicum will be developed whereby students complete an applied research project at their home institution under the supervision of a local mentor and a member of the faculty at HSPH. The nature of the projects should be relevant to student’s goals. These projects may include aspects of clinical epidemiology, health services research, or quality improvement.