Harvard School of Public Health: FACET Summer Program – Apply by Feb 15

The Harvard T.H. School of Public Health hosts a 6-week summer program for minority students interested in public health. FACETS (Fostering Advancement & Careers through Enrichment Training in Science) is a school-wide program set to begin June 13, 2016.

Participants in the FACETS program receive introductory coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics through formal lectures from different faculty within the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Additionally, participants complete a group research project with an assigned Harvard Chan School faculty member, based in the Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, Nutrition, or Global Heath & Population. Students have the opportunity to select areas of interest on the FACETS application.

For more specific training, the Harvard Chan School currently offers 3 department-based summer programs, which include the Summer Program in Epidemiology (Department of Epidemiology), Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences (Department of Biostatistics), and the Summer Program in Biological Science in Public Health (Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases).

FACETS participants receive a summer salary, housing, and funded travel. The application deadline is February 15, 2016.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, applicants must meet all of the criteria below:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S;
  • Applicants must be from an underrepresented group in biomedical research, which includes:
    • First generation college students
    • Students with disabilities
    • Students from an economically disadvantaged background (this requires additional supportive documentation)
    • Students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented, such as:
      • Blacks or African Americans
      • Hispanics or Latinos
      • American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders;
    • 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 have a demonstrated interest in public health, specifically epidemiology.

Exclusions: Individuals interested in pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) are ineligible to apply unless they are also interested in pursuing a research degree in public health and can write a compelling case for why the program is a good fit in their Statement of Interest.

The application process consists of 2 parts:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Request and confirm that two (2) recommenders send recommendation letters to Felisa Nobles, via email or postal mail. See below for contact information:

    Felisa Nobles, Director of Recruitment Programs
    677 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

All application materials must be received no later than February 15, 2016.

Direct questions to Felisa Nobles at fnobles@hsph.harvard.edu.



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