Student Handbook

Welcome to the Harvard Chan School online Student Handbook for the 2024-25 academic year. Please use the table of contents to the left to navigate.

This Handbook contains policies and procedures of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Students should become familiar with the material pertaining to their degree program and, together with their advisors, make certain that their chosen program of study complies with all policies.

Although we have attempted to include most of the regulations governing graduate academic programs, many programs have additional requirements and regulations of their own. Students also should become familiar with the academic policies relevant to their individual program.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reserves the right to make changes to the Student Handbook at any time without advance notice.  These changes may affect such matters as tuition and other fees, degrees and programs offered (including the modification or possible elimination of degrees and programs), degree and other academic requirements, academic policies, rules pertaining to student conduct and discipline, fields or areas of concentration, and other rules and regulations applicable to students.

In addition, Harvard Chan School retains the discretion to act as it deems necessary in extraordinary circumstances to protect the health and safety of the Harvard community. For these purposes “extraordinary circumstances” include, but are not limited to, public health emergencies, extreme weather events, and other conditions posing broad threats to community health and safety or significantly disrupting campus life or learning.

Discretionary measures available to Harvard Chan School may include, but are not limited to, making recourse to remote or hybrid instruction, suspending or limiting access to University-provided residential housing, limiting its provision of or access to certain activities and services, introducing or modifying vaccination, mask, and physical distancing mandates, and implementing compulsory testing and tracing programs as required conditions for accessing the Harvard campus or Harvard facilities.

As a matter of policy, law, and commitment, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or handicap in admissions to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.

Click here to download the Harvard Chan School 2023-2024 Student Handbook (PDF).