Participant life

Balancing family and work

The certificate curriculum is rigorous and requires a good deal of out-of-class work. You will be expected to keep up with this work and participate in class discussions, so you should schedule dedicated study time as you would other daily commitments.


Below is a listing of accommodations in the Boston area used by other students at the Harvard Chan School.

Homewood Suites Boston Brookline Longwood Medical
111 Boylston Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-232-1487

Envision Hotel Boston-Longwood
81 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130
Reservations: 866-238-4218
Smaller hotel (39 rooms), approximately 1 mile from the School

Marriott Residence Inn Boston Back Bay Fenway
125 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Sales Manager: 617-936-2032
Less than 1 mile from the School. Includes breakfast and internet access. Has been recommended by students; ask for the Harvard rate.

Marriott Courtyard Boston Brookline
40 Webster Street, Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446
Director of Sales: 617-396-2015
Less than 1 mile from the School, with a free shuttle to the area. Has been recommended by students.

Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street
Boston MA, 02115-3123
617-236-1100/1-800-HILTONS (445-8667)
Within walking distance of the School; also easily accessible by the subway green line (“E” train). Has been recommended by students; ask for the Harvard rate.

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Prudential Center
Boston, MA 02199
Within walking distance of the School; also easily accessible by the subway green line (“E” train).

Sheraton Commander Hotel Harvard Square
16 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
At main campus of Harvard University; full-service historic hotel within walking distance to public transportation, restaurants, Harvard museums, with popular on-site restaurant Nubar.

Cambridge Marriott Residence Inn
6 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Residential inn with kitchens; very welcoming to students’ families. Close to the Charles River, about a half-hour subway ride to the School. Students have particularly enjoyed the river location during the summer program dates. Ask for the Harvard rate, but be aware that you may receive a better rate as an individual than as a Harvard affiliate.

The Tree House
578 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(Summer only) The Tree House is a local, suite-style building that opened in 2012. The suites contain two bedrooms and are all either triple or double occupancy. There are no kitchens within the suites, but there is a community kitchen on the 3rd floor, as well as a small fitness room, a laundry room, and pool table/lounge area. For the Tree House, a single-occupancy bedroom within a shared suite is $360 per person per week and $60 per person per night. Linen rental is also available for a one-time cost of $15 per set. Each set includes a fitted and top sheet, pillow and pillowcase, a light summer blanket, two towels, and a facecloth.

To reserve a room, please contact Jennifer Juliano via email at In your email, please indicate the dates you would like to stay and whether you would like to include linen rental.

Helpful websites

On occasion, students find summer sublets from students at the School who are out of town for the summer. Check out the options through the School’s Housing Office. In addition, several short-term housing options may be available.


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Boston, as well as their travel while on campus. The closest airport is Boston Logan International Airport. Allow an hour’s travel time between the airport and campus.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, which includes Harvard Medical School and many local hospitals. The link below provides the School’s exact address, directions to campus, and links to maps and public transportation. We are at the Longwood stop on the Huntington Avenue Green Line (E line.)  The closest commuter rail stop is Lansdowne station.


The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s main campus is located at 653, 665, and 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. The School’s main buildings for research, teaching, and administration are located in the heart of Boston’s medical area and Harvard University’s Longwood campus.

Directions to Longwood Campus (PDF)

Harvard Longwood Campus Map (PDF)

Parking is scarce in the Longwood Medical Area. It is best to use cabs, a ride-share service, or public transportation to get to campus. Occasionally, participants choose to park at a local hospital’s garage; Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are the closest. Contact the hospitals directly for rate information. On Saturday and Sunday, discounted parking is available at the MASCO garage on Longwood Avenue.

For participants who choose to stay in Cambridge, a free shuttle bus, the “M2,” is available to all with a Harvard ID. More information is available at the Masco website.