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 Coming Soon

Application Due February 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm
Admission Results in March

June 7 – July 15, 2021

The 6 week Summer Program in Epidemiology & Biostatistics 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
  • 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 five parts: coursework(not for credit) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, as well as an R bootcamp; formal lectures, which are provided by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty members with different foci in Public Health; a group research project where students will investigate a question of public health provided by a Faculty/Postdoc Mentor; Princeton Review GRE prep courses, where students will take diagnostics tests as well as work in small Princeton Review led groups to improve test taking and scores; and Profession Development sessions led by Faculty/Staff on Admissions, Career Translation, Resume/Interview skills, etc. Students who participate in the program are able to meet with the Department of Epidemiology students and post-doctoral fellows at different networking events. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with faculty and administrators individually, and explore the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts. Participants receive summer stipends, and funded housing and travel from  The Department of Epidemiology and their dedication to diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.


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 Caroline Huntington at