Doctoral Student Information

The Committee on Admissions and Degrees

The Committee on Admissions and Degrees (CAD) is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all doctoral students at HSPH. All petitions and forms submitted during the course of the doctoral degree are reviewed by the CAD.

Doctoral Student Liaisons to the CAD:
Joann Wilson-Singleton, Registrar, and Laura Ruggiero
HSPH Registrar’s Office, Kresge G-4
617-432-1032

Chair of CAD
Meredith Rosenthal
Department of Health Policy and Management

The Doctoral Program

The Doctoral programs at HSPH require that the doctoral student:

  • Declare a major and two minor fields of study on the Prospective/Final Program
  • Adhere to the doctoral student timetable (see timetable); including holding regular progress meetings with research committee (every six months)
  • Pass departmental written exams, if applicable
  • Pass HSPH Oral Exam
  • Complete the doctoral student residency requirement that includes payment of 2 years of full-time tuition and 1 year of full-time reduced tuition
  • Complete the school-wide Biostatistics and Epidemilogy core requirements; and two intermediate level biostatistics courses
  • Meet departmental course requirements
  • Maintain a G.P.A. of 2.7 or better
  • Complete, defend and submit an accepted dissertation
  • Complete the Doctor of Science or Doctor of Public Health degree program in five years for full-time candidates or seven years for part-time candidates