5 Universities Offering Summer School for Public Health

  1. University of Michigan School of Public Health

The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers a summer program in Epidemiology. Taught by an international group of instructors, the curriculum is updated annually and focuses on the principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology and biostatistics. They offer three different types of courses: three-week, one-week, or distance learning courses. The three-week courses and online courses that are offered are the Fundamentals of Biostatistics and the Fundamentals of Epidemiology courses. One-week courses include topics in nutritional epidemiology, machine learning, clinical epidemiology, clinical trials, genetics, statistics, scientific writing, research methods, and behavioral sciences.

Eligibility: This program is designed for public health and healthcare professionals, researchers and others who want to build a foundation in epidemiologic science. A background in public health, biostatistics, or epidemiology is helpful but not required. A laptop is required.

Funding: A variety of types of assistance are available to help cover tuition costs: federal loans, work-study positions, scholarships, fellowships, graduate student instructorships, graduate student research assistantships, full-time and temporary employment, and private sources. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) provides the main source of funds by providing need-based assistance. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to apply for this assistance.

  1. Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health offers a 5-week long summer program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This program provides students with an understanding of the skills and processes necessary to pursue a career in public health and contains courses from different areas in epidemiology: cancer, environmental and occupations health, epidemiologic methods, aging, infectious disease, genetics, psychiatrics, nutrition, pharmacoepidemiology, and reproductive health. This summer program curriculum consists of five parts: coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and an R boot-camp, formal lectures, a group research project where students will investigate a question of public health, Kaplan GRE prep courses, where students will take diagnostics tests as well as work in small Kaplan led groups to improve test taking and scores, and profession development sessions.

Eligibility: Participants must be college or post-baccalaureate students.

Funding: Participants receive summer stipends, and funded housing and travel from NIH grants, NSF grants, the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD)/MIDAS, and from continued support by the Department of Epidemiology and their dedication to diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

  1. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health offers summer courses through the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute (EPIC). EPIC offers condensed courses on a wide range of epidemiological topics for anyone interested in public health. Courses offered include topics in injury epidemiology, applied statistics and modeling, genetics and epigenetics, GIS, statistical programming, study design techniques, program evaluation, applied epidemiology, microbiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and implementation science.

Eligibility: Each course has a description of what requirements are needed to be met before participating in a class. This can range from just having some introductory epidemiological and statistical background knowledge to a master’s degree in public health epidemiology or related field. Others do not require any formal education.

Funding: EPIC offers a limited number of full scholarships for selected courses. These courses include: Agent-Based Models for Population Health, Designing Healthy Cities to Reverse Obesity, Epidemiologic Analysis Using R, Genetics, Epigenetics, and Mendelian Randomization, Introduction to Multi-Level Modeling, Microbial Community Metagenomics, Sampling of Populations: Methods and Applications, Assessing Neighborhoods in Epidemiology, Communicating Public Health in the Media, Digital Acquisition of Big Data, Implementation Science in Public Health Programs, Introduction to Modern Measurement Theory, Missing Data and Multiple Imputation, Propensity Score Matching, Social Network Analysis, and Transforming Public Health Surveillance.

  1. University of Minnesota School of Public Health

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Summer Public Health Institute offers courses for students and professionals in public health and related fields. Participants can build or expand their professional expertise, learn best practices, broaden career options, network with other professionals, or explore a new area of interest. Courses are intensive, highly interactive and application-based with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations. Courses cover topics in zoonic diseases, globalization, social sciences, risk, qualitative analysis, food safety, law, antibiotic resistance, disaster relief, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, leadership, evidence informed medicine, and community engagement.

Eligibility: Participants should be graduate students or any public health professional. Graduate students in public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, dentistry, public affairs, law, social work, pharmacy, public policy, global health, agricultural, food and environmental sciences and practice professionals in public health and other health and human service organizations, city, county, state and federal government agencies, private-sector businesses and industry should consider applying.

Funding: The University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, waivers, loans, fellowships, assistantships, work-study, and student employment.

  1. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Summer Institute offers courses that span multiple topics in public health. The courses are very flexible, and many options are available: 1-day to 3-week sessions, online or on-campus, or credit or no-credit courses. They offer over 120 courses that span multiple topics related to public health:

American Indian Health: The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health conducts two to three week-long courses in AI/AN public health every summer. Courses are designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities.

Bioethics: This institute is designed to address an issue or subfield question in contemporary bioethics. Courses focus on both theoretical and applied aspects of bioethics and are of practical value to students of public health, the life sciences, medicine, nursing and law. Prior course work or experience in bioethics is not required.

Environmental Health and Engineering: This institute is designed to provide training in topics relevant to the practice and application of environmental health. Courses are designed for students who are interested in learning more about environmental health science concepts and for practicing public health professionals with responsibilities for health, safety, and environmental matters in government agencies, non-government organizations, and industry.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics: The Graduate Summer Institute offers short, intensive courses in epidemiology and biostatistics intended for students to develop an understanding of the principles, methodologic strategies and practical aspects of epidemiological research. This program is designed for graduate students in public health epidemiology, biostatistics or any related field.

Health, Behavior and Society: This summer institute offers short, intensive courses that provides students with an understanding of behavioral and societal impacts on public health, in addition to specific strategies to address the challenges they present.

Heath Emergencies in Large Populations: The Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) course is offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in joint collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. The course focuses on the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and others affected by natural disasters and conflict in order more effectively manage health crises in emergency settings.

Health Policy and Management: This institute provides intensive training to health professionals and practitioners to strengthen their public health knowledge and skills. Courses are taught by distinguished faculty engaged in innovative public health research who collaborate with public health leaders locally, nationally and internationally.

Health Systems: This institute provides early- and mid-career public health professionals the skills necessary to address key health systems issues. The Institute is also a great opportunity for part-time MPH and other Hopkins students and fellows to learn a valuable set of skills in an in-demand, and rapidly growing field of public health.

Mental Health Research: This institute focuses on methodological and substantive topics in mental health and substance-use research. It is intended for working professionals or students who are interested in developing research expertise in the epidemiology of mental health and substance use disorders, the implementation and evaluation of mental health services and interventions, and/or the methodological issues encountered in mental health research in the population.

Tropical Medicine and Public Health: This institute is designed to provide training in key topics in tropical medicine and related public health issues through a multidisciplinary approach. It is also designed to prepare participants to work on current and emerging health problems in developing countries and the health problems of travelers.

Eligibility: Participants can be working professionals, public health practitioners, as well as individuals just beginning to explore the field of public health. Specific eligibility requirements depend on the course.

Funding: Typically, financial aid is available only for students enrolled in a degree program, not just attending courses. However, there may be some exceptions. Please contact the School’s Financial Aid Office using the link to this section and ask about funding for specific courses for the Summer Institute. Each institute may also have their own scholarships to award to eligible students.