Information presented and courses taught during Orientation are essential to your success at the School. Students are required to attend all scheduled days of orientation programmingPlease make your plans accordingly.

Orientation Purpose and Mission

As a result of participating in Orientation, new students will become familiar with information and resources to successfully transition to become members of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community and will be prepared to succeed and:

  • Become aware and understand the School’s expectations and what it means to be a member of the Harvard Chan community inside and outside of the classroom
  • Develop a sense of belonging within the Harvard Chan community by participating in opportunities to connect and begin to form meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, academic appointees, and other students
  • Be introduced to services and resources at the Harvard Chan School that support their educational and personal goals
  • Learn how to succeed academically. They will become knowledgeable about academic requirements, course offerings, registration procedures, and academic support resources.

Academic Year 2020 – 2021 Orientation Dates

June Orientation: Monday June 1, 2020

Who should attend? All new MPH in Epidemiology students beginning their program in June 2020 should attend this Orientation.

Summer Orientation: Monday July 6, 2020

Who should attend? All new degree and non-degree students starting their program in July 2020 (summer session) should attend this Orientation.

Fall Orientation: Monday August 24, 2020 through Friday August 28, 2020

Who should attend? All new fall students (SM, MPH, PhD and any other degree seeking students) beginning their program in August 2020 should attend this Orientation. New MPH students (excluding those in the Clinical Effectiveness field of study) who started their program in the summer and will continue in the fall must also attend

Spring Orientation: Wednesday January 6 and Thursday January 7, 2021

Who should attend? All new MPH-65 Health Management students beginning their program in January 2021 should attend this Orientation.

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