Academic Programs and Degree Requirement Policies

Academic Programs and Degree Requirements

Academic programs are offered by the school and correspond to the degrees listed for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the statutes of the university:  Master of Public Health, Doctor of Public Health; Master or Doctor of Science in a public health discipline (generally, the name of the department); Master of Health Care Management); also, Doctor of Philosophy, granted by GSAS. This term is synonymous with degree program.

Competencies for each degree program and fields of study are developed in accordance with the guidelines established by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the respective degree program steering and curriculum committees.

The MPH degree programs are organized around fields of study and the newly established CEPH program-wide foundational knowledge and MPH foundational competencies. A field of study provides students with a focus during an intense period of study. Each field of study offers electives that allow students to explore in depth areas relevant to their personal career goals.  All MPH foundational knowledge courses and additional required courses must be taken to fulfill the requirements of the field of study for the MPH.

PhD in Population Health Sciences programs and the Master of Science academic degrees are also organized around fields of study. The students in these programs must complete a course of study that addresses the foundational public health knowledge objectives along with field of study requirements as established by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

For more information about the competency guidelines, look here.

For more information about concentrations and fields of study, look here.