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Health Policy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months


  • The Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy trains students for research and teaching careers in health policy. The interdisciplinary and interfaculty nature of the program results from the philosophy that most graduates will carry out much of their research as part of interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research teams rather than as isolated scholars. For this reason, the program trains students in the specialized skills of a single discipline, but also develops their ability to understand the conceptual frameworks contributed to the field by researchers from other disciplines. Students specialize in one of five concentrations: decision sciences; economics; evaluative science and statistic; management; or political analysis.
  • The program involves six Harvard University Faculties—the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health—which provides students with access to more than 100 faculty members, and students are free to take classes throughout the University. Students in the Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy are enrolled in and receive a PhD from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, even though they may work with faculty throughout the University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a PhD in Health Policy student, you take courses throughout Harvard’s specialized schools. This allows you to become familiar with the conceptual frameworks, vernacular and perspectives of researchers from other disciplines.

At the same time, developing specialized skills in a discipline is a hallmark of the program, which is why you specialize in one of six concentrations:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Evaluative Science and Statistics
  • Management
  • Political Analysis.

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

All applicants to the PhD Program in Health Policy must include the following in the application:
  • Statement of Purpose that includes the concentration(s) and policy area(s) of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE General Test or GMAT scores (GRE scores are preferred)
  • Official TOEFL scores (if necessary)
  • Official transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses
  • CV.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44816 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    44816 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44816 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • Full Tuition— required first two years of study: $44,816
  • Reduced Tuition—required third and fourth years of study: 11,654.

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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