Pairing students and faculty with real-world public health policy projects. Connecting Students with Policy and Community-Based Practice
At a glance
Key Features
  • Opportunity for student participation in a research project on a public health policy or practice issue
Useful for
  • Obtaining real-world experience in public health policy and community-based research
Available to
  • Harvard graduate students interested in committing 1 month to 1 semester on a project

The Population Health Research Program offers opportunities to Harvard graduate students who are interested in working on a policy research or practice project for a current public health issue.

Students will get:

  • real-world, policy- or practice-relevant experience
  • a stipend
  • the opportunity to work with a Harvard faculty member as their project advisor

Projects can be as short as a month, or can take an entire semester. Projects arise from the needs of the Population Health Research Program's community partners, which include the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission, as well as a range of community-based organizations.

Examples of Policy Projects:

  • Competitive Foods Regulations
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was required by the legislature to produce regulations, but lacked the capacity to research practical aspects of implementing the competitive foods provision. The Population Health Research Program conducted a review of the experiences of other states to explore questions such as: Will schools lose money on nutritionally compliant food? Will milk consumption be reduced? This review demonstrated that there were ways to implement the regulations without negative impact on school finances or milk consumption. The Population Health Research Program will soon begin an evaluation of the impact of the new regulations on student health.

To find out more about project opportunities with the Population Health Research Program, please contact Halie Nicolosi.