MPH Generalist

A rigorous online MPH degree program for working professionals around the world.


Students in the MPH Generalist (MPH-GEN) will complete coursework in a part-time, fully online program over two years. The program enables students to pursue a rigorous MPH degree while working and living anywhere in the world. It is designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and applied experience to play a leadership role in solving challenging and urgent public health problems, at home and on a global level.

The MPH Generalist program begins in the fall semester. Initially, students will take foundational MPH courses, including biostatistics, epidemiology, social determinants of health, leadership and communication, health systems, and health policy and politics, as well as courses on evidence-based decision-making, public narrative, crisis response, and public health ethics. In the second portion of the program, students will have the opportunity to choose from a select list of online electives focused on health policy, health management, and analytic and research methods.  They will also complete a practicum project with the guidance of Harvard Chan faculty and a practicum preceptor that enables students to apply learned knowledge and skills to a public health problem. Most courses are delivered asynchronously with optional opportunities for synchronous engagement opportunities built into each class.

Upon graduation, MPH Generalist students will also become a member of the Harvard Alumni Network. The program encourages students to engage with the Harvard Community online through Harvard’s extensive online library, hold remote meetings and events with faculty, staff, and students from the comfort of their home or work, and attend Harvard University commencement activities at the culmination of their degree program.