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Important Information Regarding Additional Student Testing after Thanksgiving and Winter Recesses and During WinterSession

On November 18th, a message regarding additional student COVID testing for the Thanksgiving and Winter Recesses was sent to students via email. The full message is also available on the link below.
Read the entire message.

Harvard Chan School is excited to welcome students back to campus in fall 2021! The health and safety of our community is our paramount concern as we start the new semester. We are committed to keeping everyone healthy while ensuring excellence in teaching, learning, and research.

As part of the School’s health and safety plan, you must complete several requirements before coming to campus for the first time, including submitting a School-provided COVID-19 test. Additionally, you must also follow a range of health and safety practices while you are on campus.

If you are not planning to attend any Fall Orientation events in-person, every Harvard Chan student is still required to receive 1 negative COVID test result through Harvard’s testing system prior to starting classes in-person. Outside vendor test results cannot be accepted.

For details, please read one of the two documents below. Please visit the University COVID-19 site before contacting us with any questions. If you still have outstanding questions, all HSPH COVID Student Testing questions should be directed to Amanda Andreyev, in the Dean’s Office, at

NEW degree students (Starting Summer 2021/Fall 2021)Harvard Chan New Student Guide on COVID-19 Testing Procedures [PDF] (Updated as of August 6, 2021)

RETURNING degree students (Enrolled prior to Summer 2021)Harvard Chan Returning Student Guide to COVID-19 Testing Procedures [PDF] (Updated as of August 6, 2021)

Information for PhD students

Because PhD students at Harvard Chan School receive their degrees under the aegis of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), their COVID-19 testing accounts are handled differently than those of other degree students. If a PhD student has a question about their Color account or needs to change their testing protocol (i.e., if they are away from campus for a semester), they should direct questions to GSAS’s testing protocol contact, Jennifer Flynn,

PhD students are required to follow all Harvard Chan School requirements for initial COVID-19 testing and for masking.

Quick links

How to complete a Harvard COVID test

Want to learn more about the steps you will need to take on how to complete your Harvard self-administered COVID tests? Review the short training video on the Harvard Training Portal.