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High School Summer Programs

These summer programs are available for free or at a nominal fee in the fields of biostatistics and/or epidemiology:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Museum Disease Detective Camp

Held at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, this academic day camp allows students to take on the role of real-life disease detectives and use laboratory and epidemiologic skills to study a disease outbreak. The program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years old at the start of the program.


CDC Museum Public Health Academy

This online academic program, with both synchronous and asynchronous components, targets rising juniors and seniors. It provides coursework in the interdisciplinary field of public health, including modules such as data analysis, epidemiology, and outbreaks


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Summer Internship in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

High school students who have a strong demonstrated interest in pursuing a major in biostatistics or epidemiology are welcome to apply for a summer internship.


Columbia University Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE)

Held at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) in Columbia University, the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) is a program for six high school students and six college undergraduates to conduct cancer research with a mentor. The program is aimed at students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

Columbia University State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP)

The State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) provides 7-12th grade students interested in medicine or STEM related fields. It is aimed at students from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM and residents of New York state.

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health StatStart

High school students (rising freshmen through rising seniors) may apply to this one-month intensive program in biostatistics. Coursework includes basic statistics and “R” programming. The program targets students from underrepresented minority and low-income backgrounds from the Boston area.


Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Data Science in Action

High school students who are rising freshman to rising seniors are eligible to apply to this one-week course that introduces high school students to machine learning and the python programming language. The course's final project involves making a self-driving car. The program encourages applicants from underrepresented minorities and low-income backgrounds.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) High School Summer Internship Program

Students work in a biomedical research lab or research group alongside NIH scientists in this paid internship open to high school students aged 17 and older.


Rutgers University PHOCUS Program

All high school students, including rising freshmen, are eligible to apply to this one-week program with a focus on Public Health: Outbreaks, Communities and Urban Studies. The program combines activities and lectures on population health and community disease.


Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

For students interested in the medical sciences, this five-week, online enrichment program targets those from low income, underrepresented backgrounds. The program includes a public health disparities research project.


Yale Young Scholars Program in Biostatistics and Medical Research

Based in Yale’s Center for Analytical Sciences, this two-week program introduces students to basic statistical methods, medical research design, and the statistical programming language “R.” As part of the program, students use real health science data to study research questions and make a final presentation.

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