In the summer of 2014, the Epidemiology Department recently hosted 10 talented undergraduate students participating in this year’s Summer Program in Epidemiology. The program, which ran from June 16 through July 11, was originally created by Felisa Nobles, Director of Recruitment Programs & Special Assistant to the Associate Dean of Diversity and John Paulson, Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the Epidemiology Department, and is in its fourth year of existence. The program’s co-directors are John Paulson and Mel Larsen, Outreach Manager for the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. The Summer Program in Epidemiology provides students from underrepresented groups an introduction to the field of epidemiology as well as an opportunity to begin developing the skills necessary to pursue a career in public health.
Daily classes in epidemiology and biostatistics are punctuated by various special events and research presentations given by HSPH faculty, postdocs and students. This year, participants were also able to experience the inaugural Power and Differences summer program course which highlights discussions surrounding leadership and diversity. In addition, students work in small groups throughout the month on a research project. Mentorship on these projects is provided by several faculty members. This year’s faculty mentors from the Department of Epidemiology are Lorelei Mucci (Cancer Epidemiology), Deborah Blacker (Neuro-Psychiatric Epidemiology), Miguel Hernan (Epidemiologic Methods). The projects culminated in fascinating student presentations which were held on July 11th at 9:00am in the Epi Library.
For addition information on this exceptional summer program, please visit the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics webpage. If you are interested in applying for next year’s program, please visit the Summer Program in Epidemiology information webpage.
2013 Summer Program in Epidemiology: