MCPHS Online Orientation

Welcome to the MCPHS Online community! As you prepare to begin your courses, you will experience orientation events designed to help you successfully transition to online learning and the MCPHS Online experience. Orientation is term- and program-specific, so be sure to find your program on the list below for specialized instruction about expectations. Questions about Orientation? Contact us by calling 508.373.5657 or email us at

MCPHS Online 101

All online students at MCPHS will automatically be registered for a MCPHS Online 101 prior to the start of classes. MCPHS Online 101 is an online orientation that is deigned to help students familiarize themselves with MCPHS Online. You will learn how to use our online learning environment, learn more about University services and technology requirements, and learn tips for first-time online students. Completion of this online orientation is strongly encouraged.

You will be contacted if your program requires you to complete additional online orientation modules prior to the start of classes.

On-Campus Orientation (Select Programs)

In addition to MCPHS Online 101, our online orientation, students in select MCPHS Online programs are required to attend an on-campus orientation. On-campus orientations are designed to help you successfully transition to academic life. During the event, you will meet your future classmates and professors and learn more about program expectations from your program director. See below for more details on your program’s orientation.

On-Campus Orientation (Required)



AS to MS Dental Hygiene Bridge Program

Thurs. July 13—Fri. July 14, Boston campus

MS in Dental Hygiene

Thurs. July 13—Sat. July 15, Boston campus

PharmD Pathway (Postbaccalaureate)*

Thurs. August 3—Sat. August 5, Boston campus
*Registration is for this event is required by July 31.

Click here to register now.

Next Steps for Incoming Students

Orientation Agenda

Master of Public Health

Fri. August 25, Boston campus

Click here to register now.

On-Campus Orientation (Optional)

While attendance is not required, it is strongly recommended for first-time online learners.
Click here to register now.



Master of Healthcare Administration

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Healthcare Management Certificate

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Regulatory Affairs Certificate

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Health Policy Certificate

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Clinical Research Certificate

Fri., August 25, Boston campus

Please note: Parking is not available on our Boston campus, and the use of public transportation is highly recommended. Here are some helpful links as you plan your travel:

  • MBTA: information on public transportation; map out your trip via train or bus
  • MBTA Trip Planner: map out your trip from any start point to 179 Longwood Avenue, 02115
  • Parking Information: MBTA lots; check to see which lots offer overnight or day parking only

Start of Classes

The first day of classes for the fall 2017 semester will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Please note that you cannot access your coursework on Blackboard before this date. Similar to a face-to-face class, you cannot access the syllabus or assignments before the first day of classes. Your schedule and book lists will be available on WebAdvisor a few weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Online Learning Life Hacks

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From maintaining a schedule that works for you to creating a comfortable work space, here are our tips for making the most of your online learning experience.