About the Summer Program

The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research.

During the course of the program, students will:

  • Take a course in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Learn statistical software packages (e.g., Stata, R)
  • Participate in a collaborative research project with other students, guided by a graduate student and mentored by a faculty member
  • Prepare and deliver a polished  presentation that reports on your research project at a major symposium
  • Attend several talks about current research and hot topics in Public Health (e.g., nutrition, social behavior) by internationally renowned researchers
  • Travel to local laboratories and research centers to observe Public Health research in action
  • Enjoy social and cultural activities in the lively Boston summer, including excursions to museums, restaurants, sports events.
  • Explore graduate school options in quantitative Public Health from our Director of Graduate Studies and prepare for graduate school applications
  • Build relationships with fellow students with similar interests and with faculty in Public Health

 
Travel to Boston and living expenses are provided in part by NIH Grant T36GM093772
 

Post-Bac Program

The new 3-month internship program for Post-Baccalaureates will begin in the summer of 2014.  The program is open to students who have received bachelor’s degrees and who are planning to attend a graduate degree program in Biostatistics.  Past summer program participants are encouraged to apply!

 

Annual Symposium

Beginning in the summer of 2014, we will hold our Annual Symposium here at the Harvard School of Public Health.  The symposium will be attended by current and past program participants, faculty, graduate students, and our advisory board committee.  It will feature oral research presentations and posters by participants at all levels.  There will also be a keynote speaker, and mentoring through formal and informal interchange across all levels of career development.

 

Faculty Workshop

Also new, beginning in 2014, will be our three-day Faculty Workshop.  We will invite six faculty members from quantitative fields at minority serving undergraduate institutions to attend our annual symposium and to spend two days in intensive meetings with HSPH faculty.  Our goal will be to expose these faculty members to the field of quantitative Public Health so that they can return and educate their undergraduate students about this exciting career option.