The Harvard Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) is the only one of its kind in the country – a tight-knit research community dedicated to multidisciplinary training in basic, clinical and translational approaches to the study of all aspects of human communication and the treatment of its disorders.

SHBT includes more than 50 faculty members and 40 students completing their doctoral work, out of more than 50 different labs at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and the Harvard teaching hospitals.

As one of six multi-disciplinary graduate programs within the Harvard Division of Medical Sciences, we capitalize on the superb resources of the broader Harvard research community.

Program Overview

  • Our philosophy emphasizes interdisciplinary breadth without sacrificing depth.
  • The basic premise of the program is that today’s speech and hearing scientists must be fluent in a variety of physical, biological, clinical, and cognitive science disciplines to achieve the multidisciplinary advances that drive cutting-edge innovation.
  • Our program keystone is a rigorous core curriculum introducing trainees to the diverse aspects of speech and hearing research.


  • Over 50 exceptional faculty members
  • Academic homes in 19 departments and laboratories within Harvard, MIT, BU, and other Boston-area institutions
  • Flexible curriculum
  • Graduates have a profound impact on basic science, translational research, and the generation of new technologies
  • Many have faculty positions in basic science, engineering, and clinical departments in the US and abroad