Change in Degree or Department

Regardless of the changes you wish to make, you must have a conversation with your current advisor prior to requesting a change.  In addition, you must also have conversations with both your current and prospective departments’ academic administrators. For a change in degree, please ensure you meet any prerequisite degree requirements for your proposed change. 

For any changes, all decisions must be reviewed and approved by the Committee on Admissions and Degrees.  You will then be notified of the decision by the Admissions Office.

For any questions, please contact the Office for Student Services at oss@hsph.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-432-0496.

Deadlines:

We encourage you to speak with your program advisors right away if you are considering making a change to your program, and to submit the paperwork as soon as you decide to move forward. The process for granting registration privileges for your new program cannot begin until your application is approved, which can take time. The following deadlines have been put in place to help ensure that degree changes can be completed in time for registration. However, we strongly encourage you to submit your paperwork well before the deadline.

 Term for change to be effective: Deadline to submit required materials:
Summer April 1
Fall June 1
Spring October 1

*For students switching between biostatistics, health data science, and CBQG, applications will be reviewed in early January for students applying for transfer to start in the Spring semester, and in late May for students applying to transfer after the Spring semester. More information can be found in their respective program handbooks.

Current MPH Students Requesting a Change within the MPH

Please complete the Change Request within the MPH Form (two pages), and submit all relevant supplementary materials as detailed on the form.

Current Students Requesting to Change their Degree/Department, or add a Doctoral Degree or SM along the way

Information regarding each academic department can be found here. Your request for change will not be submitted for review until the following four items have been completed and received by the Admissions Office:

1. Application Short Form (two pages)

2. Two Official Letters of Recommendation-one from the current department, and one from the new department. For a change in degree within the same department, you only need to submit one letter of recommendation. Emailed recommendations must be submitted from an official school email address to the Office for Student Services.

3. Updated Statement of Purpose: Typed and double spaced, approximately 500 words in length and should describe the following:

  1. Your academic and/or professional preparation for a career in public health.
  2. Your reasons for wanting to enroll in the degree program or department to which you are applying.
  3. Your career plans upon completion of the program

4. Updated CV/Resume

Change in Concentration within the Department of Environmental Health

1. Application Short Form (two pages)

2. One new letter of recommendation (please contact Environmental Health for more information regarding the letter of recommendation).

3. Updated Statement of Purpose: Typed and double spaced, approximately 500 words in length and should describe the following:

  1. Your academic and/or professional preparation for a career in public health.
  2. Your reasons for wanting to enroll in the degree program or department to which you are applying.
  3. Your career plans upon completion of the program

4. Updated CV/Resume

 

Last updated 9/4/18