Fully Funded PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health At Harvard University

Peter Wagner working in lab

Do not miss the chance to study at the prestious Harvard University.As a student in the PhD in biological sciences in public health program, you will gain expertise in the prevention and treatment of diseases that affect thousands—even millions—of people.

10Working with leading public health scientists, you will learn both mechanistic and quantitative approaches to biomedical research, while specializing in one of four areas of investigation:

  • The metabolic basis of health and disease
  • Immunology and infectious diseases
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Inflammation and stress responses

Each area of investigation emphasizes biochemical, cell biological, and genetic approaches to understanding disease. In your research, whether basic or translational, you will apply cutting-edge tools and techniques to advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of human diseases that significantly impact global populations today. Current research within our laboratories includes these and other diseases and risk factors:

  • Aging
  • AIDS
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Chagas’ disease
  • Diabetes
  • Environmental exposure to toxins
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Infection
  • Inflammation and stress responses
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Kidney disease
  • Malaria
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Tuberculosis


As a graduate of the program, you will be prepared for a career as a faculty member in a college, university, medical school, research institute, or school of public health. You may also choose to pursue a career in research at a government agency, or in the private sector at a consulting, biotech, or pharmaceutical firm.


The program provides broad interdisciplinary knowledge of both mechanistic and quantitative approaches to biomedical research and prepares graduate students for research careers with courses in the following areas:

  • Biochemistry, Genetics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology/Infectious diseases
  • Molecular biology
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology/Cancer cell biology


All students admitted to the PhD in biological sciences in public health program, including international students, are guaranteed full funding, which includes a stipend, tuition, and health insurance for five years, provided they maintain satisfactory progress.


To qualify for admission, applicants must demonstrate strong enthusiasm and ability for the vigorous pursuit of scientific knowledge. Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate preparation in the sciences.


Like all PhD (doctor of philosophy) programs at the School, the PhD in biological sciences in public health is offered under the aegis of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Applications are processed through the GSAS online application system. The program is located within the Division of Biological Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health

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