Summer Program in Epidemiology

June 15 – July 10, 2015

The 4 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. Different areas of study in Epidemiology include:

  • Cancer and Cancer Prevention
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical
  • Environmental and Occupational
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Aging
  • Infectious Disease (including mathematical modeling)
  • Molecular and Genetic
  • Neuro-Psychiatric
  • Nutritional
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric

The summer program curriculum consists of three parts: introductory coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics; formal lectures, which are provided by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty members with different foci in epidemiology; and a group research project where students will investigate a question of public health relevance that interests them.  Students who participate in the program are able to meet with the School’s students as well. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with faculty and administrators individually, and the chance to explore the city of Boston. Participants receive summer salary, housing, and funded travel.


 In order to take advantage of this opportunity, applicants must meet all of the criteria below:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Applicants must be from a quantitative science background or have taken several quantitative classes beyond intro level courses
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in public health
  • Applicants must be from at least one underrepresented group in biomedical research, which is defined by meeting the NIH’s criteria below:
    • People with disabilities
    • Racial and ethnic groups such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
    • People from disadvantaged and low socioeconomic status
      • Annual family income below established low-income thresholds, based on family size.
      • A rural, inner-city, or other environment that has inhibited a person from getting the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a research career

Exclusions: Individuals interested in pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) are ineligible to apply.  The program is for students interested in pursuing the following degree types: Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Doctor of Science (ScD).  If you are unsure about degree types, please visit the HSPH Admissions’ website.

If you were a previous participant of this program and you are aware of peers who may be interested in participating in this year’s program, sharing information regarding how one may apply to this program is greatly appreciated on behalf of the department.

Individuals already accepted into a graduate program are ineligible to apply.

To Apply:

The deadline for applications is March 1st, 2015. Recommendation letters are due by March 6th, 2015.

Summer Program in Epidemiology Online Application

All applications must be submitted electronically through our application; we apologize, but we cannot accept hard copies of applications or recommendations.

An application to this program requires:

  • Resume or CV
  • Academic Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors at your current institution who can speak to your capabilities within their courses (please do not submit recommendations from high school teachers, or individuals who do not know you in an academic capacity).
  • A personal statement describing your academic and professional interests, your reason for applying to the Summer Program in Epidemiology, the insight you hope to gain from the program, and the ways the program will influence your academic trajectory. The typed statement should be between 1 and 2 pages

note: the two letters of recommendation must be from professors who can speak to your capabilities within their courses (please do not request recommendations from high school teachers, or individuals who do not know you in an academic capacity).

Instructions for recommenders:

Please tell your recommender to email from a professional email address with their recommendation attached as a word document or PDF. It is your responsibility to contact your recommender with these instructions and ensure that they provide us with their recommendation letter by the deadline of March 6, 2015. We will send a confirmation email to the recommender when it is received.


*If you have questions about the program please email