Full time & Part time See Course MSc, Other 1 year full time, part time options available

About the course

Gain the essential skills and depth of knowledge you need for a high-impact career in academia, industry, or policy analysis to improve the health of people everywhere.

The Harvard Chan School master of science program will prepare you to make a real difference in the laboratory, in the field, or in the policy arena. You will address critical scientific and health challenges that affect the lives of individuals and entire populations, building expertise in an area of specialization while gaining the perspective of multiple public health disciplines. You will also learn a powerful set of analytical, technical, and quantitative skills that can be applied flexibly in wide range of career paths.

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Entry Requirements

The 80-credit master of science requires a prior bachelor’s degree or non-US equivalent. Some departments prefer relevant work experience as well. The 60-credit master of science, which is offered only through the Biostatistics Department, requires a prior bachelor’s degree or non-US equivalent in one of the mathematical sciences or an allied field (for example, biology, psychology, or economics). The 42.5-credit master of science requires a master’s or doctoral degree and some departments prefer relevant work experience as well.


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Student Profile(s)

Sarah MacDonald, MS ’15

Shortly before graduating with her master of science degree in 2015, Sarah MacDonald had the opportunity to present her thesis work at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Her research, conducted in collaboration with faculty member Dr. Sonia Hernández-Díaz, found that women with epilepsy were at higher risk for a variety of adverse outcomes—including maternal mortality—during hospital deliveries in the US. While at the annual meeting in DC she also gave print and video interviews for the website Neurology Advisor. Moving forward, Sarah will be entering the doctoral program at Harvard Chan with the support of a three-year scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

You can read more here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/admissions/degree-programs/master-of-science/

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