Our students, faculty, and staff come from around the world to advance knowledge and create practical and cost-effective solutions to complex public health problems based on rigorous research.
As a community of leading researchers and educators, we work together to take innovative ideas from the laboratory to people’s lives—not only making scientific breakthroughs, but also working to change individual habits, public policies, and health care practices.
Our work has greater global impact because of Harvard’s unique opportunities for learning and leadership. Harvard Chan School students and alumni enjoy access to an unparalleled community of preeminent scholars and influential leaders throughout the University and around the world, as well as an internationally recognized and respected name.
We’re proud of the contributions made by our community of public health leaders, today and over more than 100 years of public health history—breakthrough ideas that empower people everywhere to lead healthier lives.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health prides itself on the diverse backgrounds of its students and on the commitment they share to making the world a healthier place.
Our degree programs are designed to meet the specific needs of students with varying levels of experience and prior education, and with career goals focused on either professional practice or research and academia. There is also considerable flexibility within degree programs for students to shape the learning experience to match their own interests and aspirations.
All PhD programs at Harvard University are administered by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and applications are processed through the GSAS online application system.
Four PhD programs are based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, designed for students seeking specialized scientific and technical expertise to propel an academic or research career: