Summer Program in Epidemiology


The Epidemiology Department is proud to offer a summer program for undergraduates from underrepresented groups to gain exposure to the field of public health through coursework, lectures, and research projects. Read this wonderful HSPH news article highlighting the many opportunities available in order to enrich the academic experiences of a diverse variety of students.

2021 Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Application Deadline: 3/7/2021 

Application link: Harvard Chan Epidemiology Summer Program 2021

The summer program in epidemiology will take place virtually in the Summer of 2021. The program will take place over a period of six weeks running Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-3:00p. The schedule of the program will be released in January of 2021.


In order to take advantage of this opportunity, applicants must meet all of the criteria below.
Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program or recently graduated from an undergraduate program and not matriculating in a graduate program during the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • 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 identify with at least one underrepresented group in biomedical research, which is defined by meeting the NIH’s criteria below:

  • Racial and ethnic groups such as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders; People from disadvantaged and low socioeconomic status; Students with disabilities
  • Annual family income below established low-income thresholds, based on family size(this requires additional supportive documentation); A rural, inner-city, or other environments 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) or have already been admitted to a graduate program are ineligible to apply. The program is for students interested in pursuing the following degree types: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 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.

If you have any questions please email