MPH Public Health Core Curriculum


The MPH public health core curriculum is developed in accordance with the Council on Education for Public Health’s 12 Foundational Public Health Knowledge learning objectives and 22 MPH Foundational Competencies required of all students receiving an MPH degree at accredited institutions. Learn more about the MPH program curriculum and competencies.

The MPH public health core curriculum is required of all Harvard Chan MPH students and is comprised of a school-wide, pre-matriculation course, ID 100: Foundations for Public Health; the biostatistics and epidemiology core; and five courses (MPH 101 – MPH 105) in other foundational public health areas. These courses are offered at distinct times of year for select fields of study and are summarized below. Students are encouraged to review the MPH Curriculum Guide for guidance on when these courses should be completed for their program.

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Last updated: 08.17.2021