Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) offers master’s and doctoral degrees in over 80 divisions, departments, and committees, from African American studies to systems biology, as well as joint degrees with Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School. The GSAS umbrella covers the humanities and sciences, linking programs with Harvard’s professional schools, including several related to global health. GSAS also offers its PhD students the chance to complete a secondary field in selected areas of study, including computational science and engineering; critical media practice; and science, technology, and society. PhD students serve as Teaching Fellows for many courses, including a dedicated cadre in global health. GSAS draws students from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The school is host to Harvard’s largest population of international students. 

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The Harvard Interdisciplinary Graduate Consortia is a collection of non-degree, self-organized groups of affiliated faculty and PhD students who collaboratively investigate broad topics such as human rights, global health, and climate change. Each consortium serves as a structured hub around which interested faculty, students, and staff can rotate through a series of topical proseminars, courses, lectures, journal clubs, conferences, and other activities.

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The Program in Health Policy is a PhD program that allows students to choose one of five health policy concentrations in which to situation their research: decision sciences; economics; evaluative science and statistics; management; or political analysis. Although situated at GSAS, the program allow students to take classes and pursue collaborations with faculty and students across the university.