New Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Doctoral Programs at Harvard Chan School

A pilot pipeline program initiated by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams aims to enroll more underrepresented students in the School and provide them with a strong foundation toward studying for a doctoral degree.

The Donald Hopkins Predoctoral Scholars Program, launched in September 2019, offers students the opportunity to pursue a two-year master of science degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, or global health and population. The program provides full tuition, health insurance, a stipend, and mentoring by a senior faculty member. To enhance the quality of the students’ educational experience, the program also offers them the opportunity to take doctoral-level courses; gather informally with current doctoral students; and attend professional development workshops on topics such as building self-confidence, improving writing and research skills, and self-care. The program is designed to support up to six Donald Hopkins Scholars over the next two years.

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