Current Students

Career Outlooks

Graduates assume a multitude of positions after they graduate including post-doctoral fellows, faculty members and research scientists in graduate schools, medical schools, research institutes or schools of public health. Career opportunities in the biological sciences as they apply to public health have also grown in academia and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

PHS students have access to the GSAS Office of Career Services for resources regarding non-academic pathways such as well as more traditional academic pathways, ranging from career fairs to interviewing skills.

GSAS Office of Career Services
Career Pathways Resources
GSAS Advising Resources

Remember you also have access to Harvard Chan School’s Office of Career Services:
• Log onto CareerConnect (SPH site) for job, fellowship, & internship opportunities
• Check out the Careers Resources on the Career Advancement Website for comprehensive public health job search tools
• Check the HSPH Alumni Community and the Harvard Wide Alumni Community for alumni contacts/mentors

Useful Forms and Documents:


The Perfect Elevator Pitch to Land a Job (Source: Forbes)

10 Steps to Career Fair Success (Source: SPH Office for Career Advancement)

7 Things You Need to Do After Attending a Career Fair (Source: Rasmussen)

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (Source: Professor Amy Cuddy, HBS @ TEDGlobal 2012)

Winning a Job With Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) (Source: Bloomberg Business)


Student Life

Check out this google map of places that students recommend.  (and let us know if you want to add to it!)


Tasty, somewhat inexpensive restaurant options in Harvard Square:

  • Border Café: Fantastically inexpensive Mexican/Tex-Mex food; enjoy free chips and salsa, huge sodas, and a plentiful meal for $10 at 32 Church St. in Harvard Square.
  • Charlie’s Kitchen: Cheap, greasy burger joint – and a true Cambridge institution; try the double-cheeseburger; 10 Eliot Street, Cambridge
  • Clover: Locally-sourced vegetarian food, menu changes based on local produce; try the hot-out-of-the-oven popovers for a true breakfast treat – especially with just butter melted inside; 1326 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
  • Crazy Dough’s: also in the Garage. Two pieces of pizza and a soda for $4.50.
  • Darwin’s Ltd: Fantastic sandwich and coffee spot where the true ‘locals’ in-the-know have lunch; 148 Mt. Auburn Street or 1629 Cambridge Street
  • Felipe’s: Great burritos on the corner of Brattle Street
  • Grendel’s Den: a Harvard Square tradition, has a daily “happy hour” from 5-7 pm when all dishes are half price if you buy a drink
  • Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage: A truly world-famous hamburger joint, well-known as the best burgers in Boston; 1246 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square
  • Pinnochio’s Pizza: Regarded by students as the best by-the-slice Sicilian style pizza in Boston/Cambridge; 74 Winthrop Street
  • Shake Shack: Delicious fast food burgers, claimed to be better than Five Guys, and located in Harvard Square, and as the name implies, great shakes and  custard with flavors that change daily; 92 Winthrop St, Cambridge
  • Tasty Burger: “The Tasty” has locations including one in Harvard Square and one by Fenway Park on Boylston Street, and is the ‘official’ burger of the Boston Red Sox. (There’s actually one inside Fenway Park as well!) Make sure that you get the ‘Tasty Sauce’ on your burger, and try the 50/50 – half fries and half onion rings as your side. Harvard Square: 40 JFK Street; Fenway: 1301 Boylston Street; OPEN UNTIL 4AM, Thursday through Saturday in Harvard Square.
  • Wagamama: The Asian-fusion restaurant from the UK that has made its way over to the States; 57 JFK Street, Cambridge.

Favorite restaurants in the Boston area

  • Café Sushi: voted Boston’s best sushi; reasonably priced delicious sushi located just outside Harvard Square, 1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar: an expensive classic where oysters are as fresh as they get; 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
  • Sweet Cheeks: Fall-apart ribs, crackly-skinned sausages, and mammoth slabs of brisket are sourced from the highest-quality purveyors at this Texas BBQ spot in the Fenway; you’ll regret it if you don’t order the bucket of biscuits (literally!); 1381 Boylston St., Boston
  • Stephanie’s on Newbury; A classic Boston restaurant, best known for their brunches and Bloody Mary’s – and their crowd-watching location; 190 Newbury St, Boston
  • Puritan & Co: Oozes ‘New England,’ with beautiful dishes like Moxie-glazed lamb belly or perfectly seared scallops or swordfish pastrami; 1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
  • ToroToro serves modern and traditional tapas ranging from simple grilled corn to elaborate dishes pairing seafood; 1704 Washington St, Boston

Grocery Stores

Useful information about grocery stores throughout Cambridge at

  • Trader Joe’s: 748 Memorial Drive in Cambridge and in Coolidge Corner, Brookline
  • Market Basket: 400 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, 617-666-2420
  • Whole Foods has three Cambridge locations
  • Stop & Shop: Located a stone’s throw (one block!) from the T.H. Chan campus at 1620 Tremont Street, Boston



  • Charlie’s Kitchen: grab a huge $5 Hoegaarden upstairs and play with the fully stocked jukebox, 10 Eliot St.
  • Daedalus: the best outdoor roofdeck in Harvard Square for great fall and spring afternoons, 45 1/2 Mt. Auburn St.
  • Grafton Street: great cocktails and outdoor seating, 1230 Mass Ave.
  • Tommy Doyle’s: you’ll find 3 stories, trivia, karaoke, dancing, and beer here, 96 Winthrop St.
  • Whiskey Priest Publocated in the Seaport Area, a very popular and busy location on weekends; 150 Northern Ave, Boston

Cheap/Interesting Movies

  • Somerville Theater: $4.00 before 6 pm, $6.50 after 6. Take the T outbound to Davis Square – the theater is right next to the T stop.
  • Capitol Theater: $4.75 before 6 pm, $6.50 after 6. On Mass. Ave. in Arlington. Drive or take the 77 bus up Mass. Ave. into Arlington – the bus stops directly opposite the theater.
  • The Brattle Theatre: In Harvard Square on Brattle Street; screens classic, cutting-edge, and world cinema with a different feature almost every day; the theater publishes a new calendar – available online and in paper from in front of the theater.
  • The Harvard Film Archive features fascinating films on campus at the Carpenter Center.

Live Music

Boston and Cambridge are great places to check out local bands and see national touring artists. Listings can also be found in any of the publications listed in the “Free Publications” section.

  • For a listing of all concerts in the Boston area, check out Tourfilter.
  • Club Passim: Harvard Square.
  • TT the Bears: Central Square.
  • The Middle East: Central Square.
  • Avalon Night Club: Kenmore Square near Fenway Park.
  • The Paradise Lounge:  Commonwealth Ave. near Boston University.

Favorite Boston/Cambridge Spots and Events

  • The Head of the Charles: October 21-22, 2006. Annual crew races.
  • Walden Pond in Concord: which is a great place for an outdoor swim
  • Boston Public Gardens
  • Minuteman Bike Trail: 11 miles of shaded, 12-foot wide trail through
  • Faneuill Hall Quincy Market: dozens of different food venues in one location with street performers and shops
  • Fenway Park: Students can receive $9 tickets to select home games.


  • The Esplanade Skating/Biking Trail on the Charles River
  • The Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 16, 2007
  • The Freedom Trail – in addition to “walking the red line” on your own or with friends, the Freedom Trail Foundation offers a host of tours, including a Maritime Walking Tour and an Historic Pub Crawl, among others.
  • Assembly Row: Located in Somerville, this is an outdoor mall with a movie theater along with fantastic restaurants! 340 Canal Street. Somerville MA

Discounts When You Present Your Student ID:

  • Verizon gives you a 19% off discount. It’s really easy to sign up. Just go to and enter your Harvard e-mail address. You’ll get a verification e-mail sent to that account. All you have to do is click on the link in the e-mail and you’re all set!
  • J. CREW offers 10% off for students in-store only (including the Assembly Square outlet location)
  • Dickson Brother’s (the Harvard Square Hardware store): 7% off
  • Ann Taylor: 20% off
  • Eastern Mountain Sports: 15% off
  • Madewell : 15% off
  • ASOS: 10% off
  • Spotify: 50% off monthly fee
  • Topshop: 10% off
  • Banana Republic: 15% off full priced items
  • Amazon Prime

FREE Year Round Activities

  • Museum of Fine Arts
    Little known fact- on Wednesdays from 4-9:45 pm, admission to the galleries (not special shows) is by voluntary contribution. This is an amazing museum and collection that everyone should go to at least once! Visit:
  • The Boston Public Library
    The Library is more than just an impressive collection of books. They host special shows, talks, and have an extraordinary series of murals by John Singer Sargent.
  • The Freedom Trail
    The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red brick/red painted line that travels through Beacon Hill, downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown which visits sixteen historic sites.
  • The Black Heritage Trail
    The Black Heritage Trail is a walking tour that explores the history of Boston’s 19th century African American community. Guided walking tours are offered by the National Park Service daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A self-guided walking tour map and guide is also available. For more information:

Free & Discounted Summer Activities

  • Shakespeare on the Common: Free Shakespeare on the Common takes place every summer, sponsored by the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.  Check out more information.
  • Free concert series
    WBOS, a local radio station @ FM 92.9, hosts free concerts on Thursdays at Copley Square Park. Take a look at specific performers and listings.
  • Free Friday Flicks
    A free film series on the Esplanade/Hatch Shell at sunset. All films start at sunset and picnicking is encouraged.
  • Esplanade Association Free Summer Workouts                                                                            The Esplanade offers free workouts ranging from Zumba to yoga to running during the summer, occurring frequently each week. Check the schedule of events here:
  • Science on Screen @ Coolidge Corner: Creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Located near Longwood at the Coolidge Corner Theater. For more information, visit: