Harvard ID

When you were hired, you received a HUID number. If you haven’t received your HUID number yet, contact your hiring manager. 

Activate your HMS account 

HMS accounts are automatically created for those with a Harvard University ID (HUID) issued by Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health. Faculty and staff based at HMS-affiliated hospitals also qualify for an HMS account.

Your HMS account credentials consist of your HMS ID and a password you set during activation.

Before using an HMS account, you must activate it.

To activate your HMS account, visit the account management page and select “Activate your account.”

Claim your HarvardKey

HarvardKey is Harvard University's online user credentialing, uniquely identifying you to Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) applications and services. Your HarvardKey credentials are required for accessing PeopleSoft, a tool for reporting your time, as well as many other Harvard University financial applications.

  1. Claim your HarvardKey.
  2. Go back to the HarvardKey main page and select the Set Up & Manage Your Two-Step Verification link.
  3. HarvardKey FAQ.

HarvardKey is independent of your HMS account username and password.

Email access

You can access your HMS email inbox through the Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface. Sign in using your HMS ID and password. Interns or “temporary” personnel should check with their HMS supervisor regarding HMS email eligibility.

Network and wireless access

You can connect to the internet by Ethernet connection (wired) or wireless connections. For instructions on accessing one of these connections, visit our page on wireless and wired connectivity.

Research computing

Visit the Research Computing homepage to learn more about HPCC access, training, consulting, imaging, and research software support.


HMS IT Service Desk: 617-432-2000 or itservicedesk@hms.harvard.edu.

Each department at HMS has a dedicated team of Client Service Representatives (CSRs) providing localized desktop support.

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