The primary instructor (or grading instructor) of all SPH courses is responsible for course planning and preparation, course organization, teaching the majority of course sessions, and grading. All individuals holding an SPH faculty appointment (primary, secondary, adjunct, and visiting faculty appointments) as well as individuals holding an SPH non-faculty academic appointment such as instructor or research scientist are eligible to serve as primary instructors of a course.
All other non-faculty academic appointments (research associate, visiting scientist, postdoctoral research fellow) are eligible to teach a course but may not serve as primary instructor. In these cases, a faculty member who accepts responsibility for general oversight of the course must be designated as the primary instructor. Both the primary instructor and other instructor(s) must be listed on the course proposal form that is submitted to the Office of Education. The course responsibilities that will be assumed by the SPH faculty member must also be delineated. All active Harvard faculty with appointments at an Harvard school can serve as a primary faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School.