Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation will be held Monday August 26 through Friday August 30.


All new students are required to attend all scheduled sessions that week. Information will be presented during orientation that is essential to your success at the School.

The Fall Orientation schedule is available here and detailed session descriptions can be found in the drop-down menu. Please note, this schedule is subject to change.


Featured Orientation Session:

Foundations for Public Health

This course is designed to give you a solid public health foundation for your academic experience at the school, whether you are a master’s or doctoral student, and whatever the specific focus of your degree program.

The course has three components:

    • An on-line course developed and taught by Professor Sue J. Goldie, Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health, Director of the Global Health Learning and Education Incubator at Harvard University, and Director of the Center for Health Decision Science at Harvard Chan.

    The course consists of four modules, each of which will take about 2 hours to complete.

    The first half of the course will be released by end of day on Monday, August 5th, 2019 (Module A and B).

    The second half of the course will be released by the end of day on Monday, August 12th, 2019 (Module C and D).

    Here is a message from Professor Goldie about the course.  You will receive more information about the course when it is released, including a link to the course site on Canvas, the school’s course management system.

  • An in-person session with Professor Goldie on Monday, August 26, the first day of orientation.
  • A case study session on Thursday, August 29 during orientation week.  Prior to this session, you will need to read the case study, TraumaLink: Providing Trauma First Aid Services in Bangladesh Using Trained Volunteers, and complete a short written assignment.

The TraumaLink case and instructions for completing the pre-assignment will be available on the Canvas site for the course. (Students in the PhD programs in Biostatistics and Population Health Sciences, and DrPH students who are required to take the course, will do this case discussion on Tuesday, September 17th.)