Harvard School of Public Health

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Harvard School of Public Health

Established 1922
Type Private
Endowment US$280 million
Dean Barry Bloom
Staff 300
Students 950
282 SM
375 MPH
484 PhD
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Campus Urban
Website www.hsph.harvard.edu

The Harvard School of Public Health is (colloquially, HSPH) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. Located in Longwood Area of the Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of Mission Hill, next to Harvard Medical School and Cambridge, Massachusetts, HSPH is considered one of the most prestigious schools focusing on health in the United States. It is the country's second-oldest school of public health. Founded in 1922, the Harvard School of Public Health grew out of the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, the nation's first graduate training program in public health.

The School's objectives are:

  • to provide the highest level of education to health scientists, practitioners, and leaders
  • to foster new discoveries leading to improved health for the people of this country and all nations
  • to strengthen health capacities and services for communities[1]


The School's predecessor was the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, founded in 1913; Harvard calls it "the nation's first graduate training program in public health." In 1922, the School for Health Officers became the Harvard School of Public Health, and in 1946 it was split off from the medical school and became a separate faculty of Harvard University.[2]


The Master's in Public Health Program - MPH offers seven degree concentrations:

  • Clinical Effectiveness (CLE)
  • Family and Community Health (FCH)
  • Health Care Management and Policy (CMP)
  • International Health (IH)
  • Law and Public Health (LPH)
  • Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)
  • Quantitative Methods (QM) [3]

Degree programs offered by specific departments:

  • Biostatistics: ScM, PhD
  • Environmental Health: ScM, PhD, ScD, MOH, DPH
  • Epidemiology: ScM, ScD, DPH
  • Genetics and Complex Diseases: PhD
  • Health Policy and Management: ScM, ScD, PhD
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases: ScD, PhD
  • Nutrition: ScD, DPH, PhD
  • Population and International Health: ScM, ScD, DPH
  • Society, Human Development, and Health: ScM, ScD, DPH

(PhD programs are offered under the aegis of the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

Centers and Institutes

Research Projects

Notable faculty (and past faculty)

Notable Alumni


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