FAQs

What is the Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health?

The certificate is a nine-month, part-time program consisting of four courses—three remote and one in person. Each course is held over one four-day weekend (Friday–Monday).

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect the Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership timeline?

The timeline for the certificate program will not change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, on-campus sessions will be changed to synchronous online sessions if the Harvard Chan School remains closed.

How do I register?

Register here for the Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership, including submitting the registration information and a $350 deposit, which will apply to the cost of the program. For more information on the certificate application process, visit the Registration details page.

What are the admissions requirements?

The admissions requirements for the Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership include:

How long will it take to complete the Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership?

The Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership is a nine-month, part-time program beginning in September and ending in May.

Is it possible for international participants to attend this program?

Yes. However, to have a successful learning experience, it is considered essential to be proficient in written and spoken English. Please email phbusins@hsph.harvard.edu for more information.

How many participants are in a cohort?

A typical cohort is between 20 and 30 participant.

Are interviews a part of the admissions process?

Interviewing applicants is not part of the admissions process for the Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership.

Are computers required? What software requirements should I expect?

The Certificate in Public Health and Business Leadership will use the same state-of-the-art technology that is employed in other academic programs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Specific technology utilized may include:

The security features of these services have been reviewed by Harvard University for compliance with University security standards. While the services are secured with industry best practices, participants should be aware of additional requirements around unauthorized capturing and redistribution of course materials.

Technical requirements for participants

Detailed computer requirements include:

  • reliable high-speed internet connection
  • modern and updated web browser (e.g., a recent version of Firefox or Chrome)
  • web camera and microphone (integrated into computer or USB peripheral)
  • operating system: Windows 10 or MacOS High Sierra (10.13), Mojave (10.14), or Catalina (10.15)
  • hardware: (PC or Apple): Intel i5 or i7 processor; 8GB RAM or more

Does the School arrange for group housing?

Participants are responsible for their own housing while on campus in Boston. See the Housing section for helpful information and suggestions.

Is parking available for participants?

Parking is difficult to find and expensive in Boston. Public transportation using the MBTA (the “T”) is recommended. The closest MBTA stop is the Longwood stop, which is on the E line of the MBTA’s Green Line.

I already have a degree that covered some of these topics. Is it possible to skip some of the classes? Can the coursework be spread over more or less time?

Not at this time. All courses are sequential and follow a cohort. An essential part of this program is the development of close working relationships among the members of the program that come from shared classroom experiences.

How much work should I expect outside of class, and what will be the nature of the assignments?

Expect to spend 10 to 15 hours per week on a combination of papers, applied exercises, group discussions, and outside reading.