Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology

Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA.
Type Clinical Research, Health Disparities, Test Preparation
Dates 11 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Deadline February 1, 2018


The Summer Program is an intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental, and medical research.

During the course of the program, students will:

  • Take noncredit courses in biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Learn statistical software packages (Python, R, STATA)
  • Participate in a collaborative research project with other students, guided by a graduate student and mentored by a faculty member
  • Prepare and deliver a polished presentation that reports on your research project at the annual symposium
  • Prepare for GRE’s
  • Attend several talks about current research and hot topics in Public Health (e.g., environment, nutrition, social behavior) by internationally renowned researchers
  • Travel to local laboratories and research centers to observe Public Health research in action
  • Enjoy social and cultural activities in the lively Boston summer, including excursions to museums, restaurants, sports events
  • Explore graduate school options in quantitative Public Health from our Director of Graduate Studies and prepare for graduate school applications
  • Build relationships with fellow students with similar interests and with faculty in Public Health

Travel to Boston and living expenses (including lodging and all meals) are provided in part by NIH Grant T36GM093772. Apply now!


Applicants for the Summer Program Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (proof of permanent residency must be provided).
  • Carry health insurance during the 6 weeks of the Summer Program. No exceptions.
  • Be one or more of the following:

‣ A member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islander or Multiracial/Biracial)
‣ A first-generation college student (neither parent nor legal guardian has a bachelor’s degree)
‣ A low-income student as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
‣ A disabled student according to the definition of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Ideal Applicants for the Summer Program Should:

  • Have a strong background and interest in quantitative subjects such as mathematics, statistics, or computer science
  • Be in good academic standing with a strong GPA, and have completed coursework in calculus
  • Be a student interested in pursuing graduate studies in biostatistics or computational biology

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About the Summer Program

Diversity Program Coordinator
Department of Biostatistics, Diversity Program Coordinator
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 432-3175
Fax: (617) 432-5619