The Donald Hopkins Predoctoral Scholars Program, housed in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, offers accepted students the opportunity to study at the master’s level at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in anticipation of further study toward a doctoral degree.
The program aims to enhance the quality of the scholars’ educational experience by affording them the opportunity to take doctoral-level courses while pursuing a master’s degree; interact with current doctoral students; and attend professional-development workshops on topics such as building self-confidence, improving writing and research skills, self-care, and time management. In addition to preparing students for doctoral study, the program provides financial and social support while pursuing an advanced degree at Harvard Chan. The program’s individualized and cohort support model is also designed to meet the needs of first-generation students, and socially and economically disadvantaged students.
The Donald Hopkins Predoctoral Scholars Program was established in 2019 to increase diversity in the STEM fields and to enhance the quality of the educational experience at the Harvard Chan School. The program incorporates a multi-prong approach with an enrichment component, faculty advisors, mentors, tutoring, educational networking, and support. The purpose of the program is to foster knowledge, excitement, and commitment to health equity.
Donald R. Hopkins, MPH '70
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- Applicants must hold a bachelor’s, or higher, degree (or non-U.S. equivalent) and have completed some coursework fundamental to quantitative health sciences.
- Applicants should simultaneously apply to the 80-credit, two-year master of science program in their field and either to the PhD program in biostatistics or the PhD program in population health sciences with a field of study associated with epidemiology or global health and population.
- The applicant’s statement of purpose should include a description of any obstacles to academic success the applicant may have experienced.
- The application must include two letters of recommendation (part of the doctoral program application).
- Students accepted into the program will be contacted by the program directors.
Kim Salas Harris, MA, Director of Pathway Programs and Faculty Pipeline Initiatives