Global health topics may be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students planning independent research – perhaps through an independent project during the summer or academic year, or through a senior thesis, master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Here are some resources for getting started.
Finding a Faculty Advisor
Identifying a faculty advisor is usually the first step for student research projects. Faculty members conducting research related to global health are found in many departments, across all of the Harvard Schools. The links below can help you start searching for a faculty advisor who matches your interests.
- Harvard Catalyst (HMS, HSDM, HSPH)
Keyword-searchable database of faculty members from Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard School of Public Health, maintained by Harvard Catalyst.
- Harvard Worldwide (University-wide)
Keyword-searchable database of faculty members and research projects with an international dimension; maintained by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.
School-Based Lists of Faculty
- FAS - Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Academic Departments
Links to Departments within Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences, where faculty within each department can be found.
- GSD - Harvard Graduate School of Design, Full list of Faculty
Lists all faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Design with links to biographies and research interests. Faculty can also be viewed by theme.
- HBS - Harvard Business School, Faculty by Research Interest
Lists Harvard Business School faculty according to topical interests, with links to biographies and research interests.
- HDS - Harvard Divinity School, Faculty by Research Interest
Lists Harvard Divinity School faculty according to topical interests, with links to biographies and research interests.
- HGSE - Harvard Graduate School of Education, Faculty by Research Interest
Lists Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty according to topical interests, with links to biographies and research interests.
- HKS - Harvard Kennedy School, Faculty by Research Interest
Lists Harvard Kennedy School faculty according to according to topical interests. The HKS Research Report Online (a collection of faculty research citations, searchable by topic) is another good starting point.
- HLS - Harvard Law School, Faculty Directory (alphabetical)
Lists all Harvard Law School faculty with links to biographies and research interests.
- HMS & HSDM - Harvard Medical School & Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Harvard Catalyst maintains complete listings of HMS and HSDM faculty.
- HSPH - Harvard School of Public Health Faculty, Faculty Directory
Lists all Harvard School of Public Health faculty members with links to biographies and research interests.
- SEAS - Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Faculty by Research Interest
Lists Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences faculty members according to topical interests, with links to biographies and research interests.
Undergraduate & Graduate
The Harvard Global Health Institute maintains a Funding Opportunities database including grants and fellowships for students' global health research projects.
Harvard has several programs that match undergraduate students to research placements during the summer or academic year:
- Harvard Global Health Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - global health research placements on campus.
- Harvard Global Health Institute International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (I-SURF) - global health research placements with projects outside the USA.
- Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) - Summer program for Harvard undergraduates to conduct research in science and engineering.
- Program for Research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO) - Summer program for undergraduates to work with Harvard Business School faculty on research projects.
- Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences (BLISS) - Summer program for undergraduates to work with Harvard Faculty on research in social science disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health.
- Herchel Smith-Harvard Undergraduate Science Research Program - Awards program to support Harvard undergraduates pursuing full-time summer research in the life, physical, math, and computer sciences - at Harvard and affiliates, or other domestic and international centers of excellence.
- Institute of Politics Research Assistant Program - Matches Harvard undergraduates with faculty research assistant opportunities during the spring semester of each academic year.
- Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives - Manages several of the programs listed above and offers a wealth of resources.
- Harvard College Funding Sources Database - Contains over 100 funding opportunities for Harvard undergraduate research. (Harvard PIN required)
Resources for Experiential Learning Abroad
Visit the Resources for Experiential Learning Abroad section for:
- Country information
- Harvard University student travel resources
- Resources for travel preparation, health, and safety
- Study abroad information and resources
- Training materials in cultural competencies and ethics
Research Ethics and Planning Resources
- The Intelligent Scholar's Guide to the Use of Human Subjects in Research - User-friendly guide to the Institutional Review Board approval process for research studies involving human subjects; produced by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research.
- Harvard University Policy on the Use of Human Subjects in Research - Harvard University statement of policies and procedures, adopted 2003.
- Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research - Forms, policies, and other resources related to conduct of an approval for involving human participants in research.
- Harvard School of Public Health Office of Human Research Administration - Institutional Review Board for Harvard School of Public Health.
- Harvard University Faculty of Medicine Committee on Human Studies - Institutional Review Board for Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine
- WHO/ PLoS Collection of Articles on Research for Health - Marking the 2012 World Health Report on Research for Health, this set includes articles on conducting health research in resource-limited settings and ethical considerations regarding human participants in research.
- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Online Course on Human Subjects Research - Online training for research involving human participants.
- Partnership-driven Resources to Improve and Enhance Research (PRIMER) Research Toolkit - Resources for starting a health research project, including tools to facilitate multi-site collaborations.
- HHS Office for Human Research Protections: Educational Videos - Short (5 to 25 minutes) videos on elements of human subjects research, including use of private information and specimens, informed consent, IRBs, and involvement of vulnerable populations in research.
- Group Health Research Institute: Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) - Guidance and training materials on making written materials for research participants easier to understand.
- Family Health International: Research Ethics Training Curriculum for Community Representatives - Training materials to help those engaged in community-based research represent the voices of research participants in an informed manner.
- Unite For Sight Global Health University: disseminates knowledge to advance global health delivery and to promote excellence in global health education. All material published by Unite For Sight Global Health University is open access, meaning that you may freely read, download, distribute, and use the material, as long as all of the work is properly cited:
International Research Online Course
Research Methodology Online Course
Validity of Research
Designing Quality Health Survey Questions
How To Quantify Qualitative Research
How To Write A Quality Abstract For Publication or Presentation