About RISE

The Research Intensive Summer in Epidemiology (RISE) Program aims to provide undergraduates with a comprehensive understanding of the vital link between mathematics, quantitative methods, and public health, helping them realize their interest in pursuing Epidemiology at a career or academic level. Through interactive coursework and hands-on experiences, participants develop analytical skills, track trends, identify risk factors, and devise effective public health strategies. Held in *Boston over six weeks, the program emphasizes quantitative proficiency and practical application through data analysis and strategy development. By gaining a solid understanding of statistical methods and epidemiological principles, interns are equipped for meaningful contributions to public health research, policy-making, and professional roles.

* Location may be subject to change at the discretion of The Department of Epidemiology 

During the program, interns will:

  • Attend Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics courses.
  • Participate in faculty roundtables.
  • Engage in writing-intensive courses.
  • Take part in an R boot camp.
  • Attend ODI workshops.
  • Receive support from alumni mentors.
  • Collaborate on research projects with faculty and postdocs.
  • Deliver presentations to faculty, staff, current students, and fellow interns to share the conclusions of their research projects.
  • Network with Harvard faculty and community members.
  • Cultivate a peer social network through active engagement in various events and gatherings.

Included in the program:

  • Stipend aligned with NIH standards
  • Housing accommodation
  • Covered travel expenses
  • Partial meal coverage