Concentration Area


Cara Stepp, a physiology and neuroscience concentration student, prepares to measure surface electromyograms of extrinsic laryngeal muscle activities. Photo by Ryuji Suzuki.


After completing the Core Curriculum, students select an area of concentration from among the following broadly defined categories.


Neurobiology and Physiology Dan Polley
Neurocognition and Perception Josh McDermott
Quantitative Analysis B. Delgutte
Speech and Language S. Shattuck-Hufnagel
Speech Pathology Jordan Green


With the exception of those concentrating in Speech-Language Pathology, all students need to complete a research project and specific coursework beyond the Core Curriculum. The additional coursework normally consists of a coherent set of four graduate subjects within the area of concentration. These courses may be chosen from the entire range of subjects offered by Harvard and MIT and may include one of the electives offered by SHBT faculty.


The Speech-Language Pathology concentration is jointly administered by SHBT and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. This concentration has distinct requirements designed to provide the academic training and clinical practice essential for a Clinical Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Research progress and mastery of fundamental concepts in the concentration are tested in the Oral Qualifying Exam.