Support Services for Prospective Students
*NEW* Graduate Application Counseling
This service is available for individuals interested in applying to Harvard School of Public Health and other schools of public health.
If you have questions about any of the SOPHAS requirements listed below pertaining to content, need advice on how to make your application more competitive, or feedback on your personal statement, you can set up a personal session with me via phone, in person or SKYPE. Additionally, please remember to review the HSPH Admissions website for deadlines, programs, and other pertinent information.
The Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) requires the following materials, which we can discuss together:
- GRE scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives
Common topics for discussion include:
- Making your personal statement more compelling and how to include appropriate information based on your experience(s)
- Determining the appropriate recommenders
- Reviewing your unofficial transcript(s) for feedback and suggestions
- Creating a cohesive narrative for your application
- Any other relevant topics on how to frame your application as competitively and positively as possible
Additionally, please review the Q&A section where I try to address common concerns.
To ensure that you are receiving the most informed guidance, please send me any necessary materials that you believe will frame our discussion prior to speaking with me. To set up an appointment, I can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 617-998-6818.
Research Opportunities at HSPH
Harvard School of Public Health offers four on-campus summer research programs and one off-campus summer research program. Please find descriptions on each program below:
- Fostering Advancement & Careers through Enrichment Training in Science (FACETS): This school-wide 6 -week program provides students with academic and professional enrichment opportunities. Participants work on a research project with a faculty member in a selected area of interest, which can include social and behavioral science, health policy and management, global health and population, epidemiology, nutrition, or environmental health. The goal of the program is two-fold: to equip applicants with research and academic skills to increase competitiveness for graduate school and to provide students with a professional and personal network to help them navigate academia and beyond. Click here to learn about our first year’s program and participants.
- Summer Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health: The program goal is to expose college science students (who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2013) to the rewards of laboratory research directed toward solving important public health problems. The overall mission of our program is to recruit qualified students for graduate-level training leading to research careers in the biological sciences. Interns apply state-of-the art technology in their research projects under the direction of a Harvard faculty member. Research projects focus on biological science questions that are important to the prevention of disease.
- Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology: 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. The program also provides useful advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health and other schools at Harvard University, and mock interviews.
- Summer program in Epidemiology: The four week Summer Program in Epidemiology integrates mathematics and quantitative methods to provide students with an understanding of the skills and processes necessary to pursue a career in public health. The breadth and scope of public health are vast and requires an interdisciplinary approach, which can encompass various fields ranging from immunology to nutrition to environmental research.
- Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program: The Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program is a national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The program provides short-term global research training opportunities in public health for qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students. Trainees get knowledge of scientific literature associated with projects, biomedical research ethics, and cultural aspects with a focus on how these aspects affect public health issues as well as scientific and medical issues. The MIRT Program is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. The Harvard School of Public Health MIRT/MHIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) has established linkages and training sites with academic institutions throughout the developing world, including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Republic of Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Australia. Research opportunities are designed collaboratively with faculty in these institutions to address health and health disparities pertinent to their countries.
Research Opportunities across Harvard University:
- Center for Causal Consequences of Variation Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program at Harvard Medical School The lab of George Church (Department of Genetics) at Harvard Medical School is offering paid, 10-week summer undergraduate research internships for underrepresented students interested in research careers in genome sciences. Research Interns will participate in a variety of projects with the Center for Causal Consequences Variation (CCV), a Center for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS), focused on the development of cutting edge methods for genomics that hold promise for significantly advancing biological and medical research. CCV is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and funding for these internships is through the Diversity Action Plan (formerly Minority Action Plan) of the CCV.
- Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences — particularly cancer research — giving practical meaning to academic course work. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the DF/HCC research mission. By participating in a program at DF/HCC — an NCI comprehensive cancer center with more than 1000 researchers across seven Harvard institutions — students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer. Each year, a number of promising students are selected for this unique opportunity to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical, or population science cancer research or nursing research.
- FAS Center for Systems Biology Undergraduate Research Internships The Systems Biology community at Harvard invites interested undergraduates who will not have graduated by June 2013 to apply for research internships in the summer of 2013. The internship will last for ten weeks. Interns will work on research projects in the labs of the Bauer Fellows and Systems Biology faculty whose work spans many fields of science, from biology (including systems biology, biophysics, boinformatics and genomics) to applied mathematics and computation. Interns will have the opportunity to learn a range of cutting-edge genomics or bioinformatics techniques in the exciting and dynamic research environment at the FAS Center for Systems Biology and the Department for Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.
- Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) began as an idea among Native American students attending Harvard Medical School (HMS). With the help of a few devoted medical school faculty, the program was launched in 1994 with the successful enrollment of 6 students for the first summer. The vision is simple… that a handful of talented individuals will leave Harvard Medical School with new skills, experiences, and knowledge that can be used to help themselves, their communities, and future generations of Native peoples from all of the Four Directions.
- Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) PRISE is a 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research affiliated with Harvard Faculty, drawn from the entire Harvard undergraduate population. The Program seeks to create a diverse group of Fellows including but not limited to women and underrepresented minorities who are inspired by and are committed to pursuing excellence in scientific research.
- Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) The goal of the HSCI Internship Program (HIP) is to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory, and to expose them to different professional options within the scientific arena. This is accomplished through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Interns will present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium – a requirement of all program participants.
- Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) at Harvard Medical School SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. SHURP presently has 461 alumni from colleges across the country, over 90% of whom are continuing or planning to continue training and careers in the sciences. SHURP is one of the summer research programs participating in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 33 colleges and universities dedicated to improving the participation of historically underrepresented students in graduate education programs.